Councillor recalls hunt for killer
BUNDABERG residents are being urged to keep the family of slain backpacker Caroline Stuttle in their thoughts as the 10th anniversary of her death is commemorated.
Bundaberg councillor and former police officer David Batt, who investigated the case, said the anniversary was also an opportunity to remind people about the work done by Caroline's Rainbow Foundation.
Cr Batt was also behind a plaque that was erected in Buss Park in 2010, from money raised by the community.
"We still have the rainbow there in Buss Park, which is a reminder to travellers to stay safe," he said.
Cr Batt said during the 11-month investigation, police worked every day on the case to find the killer.
"It was a big thing (in the community), especially because we had no suspects for so long," he said.
But Bundaberg pulled together and, for about a year after Ms Stuttle's death, members of the community left flowers and teddy bears at the site of the murder.
"Council also planted a tree in the botanical gardens with a plaque in her memory," he said.
When Ms Stuttle's mother, Marjorie Marks, visited Bundaberg in 2008, she left some flowers and a teddy bear at the tree for Ms Stuttle.
Cr Batt said prior to that, he had only met Ms Marks once in 2007 when he visited her while in the UK on a study exchange program.
"It was a very emotional time but I think I was able to answer some questions for her mum," he said.