Mum hopes $1 million reward will solve 40-year murder mystery


The mother of a young WA girl who has been missing for 40 years has pleaded for information that might solve the huge mystery.

Lisa Marie Mott, 12, was last seen about 8.30pm on Forrest Street in the town of Collie on October 30, 1980.

She had just left the basketball courts and was expecting to be picked up by a family friend to go home.

Exactly 40 years later, her grieving mother Marion Flower, 77, has pleaded for closure.

“She was very thoughtful and she had a lovely nature — she always smiled,” Ms Flower said about Lisa on Friday.

“If you are still out there, Lisa, somewhere, I still love you, I still love you to bits.”

Camera IconLisa Marie Mott was 12 years old when she disappeared. Credit: NCA NewsWire, Supplied by WA Police Force via NCA NewsWire

Earlier this month, the WA government announced a $1 million reward for information that leads to a conviction in Lisa’s suspected homicide.

Ms Flower said at the time of Lisa’s disappearance, other girls had gone missing in WA.

“I did fear this happening, but at the same time I thought Collie was safe,” she said.

“When Lisa first disappeared, I went into shock and ended up in the Collie Hospital in the middle of the night.

“I was screaming and could not stop myself. The night sister put me under a shower and left me there until I calmed down.”

Since then, Ms Flower said she had been in a “state of waiting for the other shoe to drop” for most of her life.

“I suppose in a lot of ways I’ve given up hope that I will ever know, and it’s hard not to do that,” she said.

“My only hope is after all this time that somebody is still alive that might know something because it’s a long time … a lot of things have changed.”

Lisa’s mother is still seeking closure 40 years later.
Camera IconLisa’s mother is still seeking closure 40 years later. Credit: NCA NewsWire, Supplied by WA Police Force via NCA NewsWire

Ms Flower said she still struggled to talk too much about her daughter.

“I can’t talk about Lisa very much, as it still hurts too much,” she said.

“I have to stay in the present, so all the work I had to do to cope stays in place.”

There have been many theories about what happened to Lisa, including that serial killer David Birnie was involved.

He took his own life in prison in 2005.



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