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Police excavating factory for missing Beaumont children

JANUARY 26, 1966

The Beaumont children got on a bus near their home at about 8.45am

They travelled together to Glenelg Beach, to swim at an area between Jetty Road and the Anzac Highway

The trio were due home about 2pm, but failed to return

At about 7.20pm, their father reported his children missing 

An extensive search of the area was conducted by police that night, but the children were not found

NOVEMBER 8, 1966

World-renowned Dutch clairvoyant Gerard Croiset is flown to Adelaide by local real estate developer Con Polites 

He declared to crowds gathered on the beach that the Beaumont children had not been kidnapped, and were rather trapped beneath freshly laid concrete

Mr Croiset indicated the children were at a building site in North Plympton

The public raised $40,000 to demolish the building in their search for the children 

About 30 years later, when the site was being partially demolished, the owners reportedly allowed for a full excavation, but nothing was found

MAY 20, 2013 

The Satin Man by Alan Whiticker is released

The book investigates one theory about the Beaumont Case, which alleges a prominent businessman was behind the murder of the children

In the book, the businessman’s estranged son says he saw the Beaumont children in his father’s backyard – just metres from Glenelg Beach

The man was identified as Harry Phipps in a segment on the book aired on Today Tonight

As a result of the report, two men came forward to police and said they had been asked to dig a trench on the grounds of Mr Phipps’ factory in North Plympton 


Police announce allegations made against Harry Phipps have been discounted, and he is not a suspect in the investigation into the missing Beaumont children 


Police dig up a small area of the land surrounding the factory

The dig does not uncover any new information relating to the disappearance

Officers are criticised for not inviting the two men along to the dig, and some claim they dug in the wrong spot


Tests on the soil at Mr Phipps’ former factory reveal an area of soil measuring about one metre wide, two metres long and two metres deep has been disturbed

Following new information from witnesses and the soil tests, police declare a section of land at the rear of the factory a crime scene



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