Remains of Missing Backpacker Kellie Ann Carmichael Found After 23 Years


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The long-standing mystery surrounding the disappearance of Kellie Ann Carmichael has finally seen some closure as her remains were discovered in bushland near Katoomba, NSW, after 23 years.


Carmichael, who was 24 years old at the time, vanished in 2001 after checking out of a hostel in the Blue Mountains.

Despite extensive searches and investigations over the years, her whereabouts remained unknown until recently.

Police found the woman’s remains during an unrelated operation in April 2024, with further discoveries made in May.

The confirmation of her identity brings an end to decades of uncertainty for her family.


An investigation by the Unsolved Homicide Team is underway, with authorities preparing a brief of evidence for the coroner. Carmichael’s personal items had previously been located in the area, but her remains had remained elusive until now.

Initial inquiries into Carmichael’s disappearance explored the possibility of suicide, given her struggles with schizophrenia. However, the circumstances surrounding her vanishing remained unclear.

In 2011, a $200,000 reward was offered for information relating to the case, following a coronial inquest in 2009 that concluded Carmichael had died but could not determine the cause or circumstances.

Margaret and John Carmichael, Kellie’s parents, expressed their ongoing anguish over the years, feeling robbed of closure by their daughter’s mysterious disappearance.

With the discovery of her remains, the family now faces the difficult task of processing this tragic end to their decades-long search for answers.


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