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  • 20 years of age.
  • Fair complexion.
  • Thin build
  • Blonde hair
  • Wearing a white woolen frock, stockings and black shoes.


  • Miss Zappelli lived in Morawa with her family.
  • Was in Geraldton for Post Office examinations.
  • Went to the Oasis drive-in with three others.
  • Left by herself at 11:00pm.
  • Reported missing at 8:30am on 23 September 1969.
  • Body located on 24 September 1969.



Anne Cecille Zappelli, was born in May 1949, lived with her parents in Morawa, a town situated about 160km’s inland from Geraldton, where she worked at the local post office exchange.

Miss Zappelli was a popular person in Morawa and held in high regard by all who knew her.


On Wednesday 17 September 1969, Miss Zappelli went to Geraldton with a number of other people to sit for postal examinations, scheduled to finish on 23 September 1969.

On the evening of Monday 22 September, Miss Zappelli went to the Oasis Drive-in (pictured), situated in Rowe Street, Wonthella (Geraldton) to watch the movie ‘Counterpoint’ along with her female roommate and two male friends.

Around 11:00pm, prior to the conclusion of the movie, Miss ZAPPELLI left her acquaintances, walking alone down Rowe Street (now North West Coastal Highway). She did not have a purse or handbag in her possession.

This was the last time Miss Zappelli was seen alive.

Miss ZAPPELLI was reported as a missing person around 8:30am Tuesday 23 September.


At about 1:25pm on Wednesday 24 September 1969, the body of Miss Zappelli was discovered 50 metres off Rowe Street and 300 metres south of Bayly Street, Geraldton.

A post mortem examination revealed that it was likely Miss Zappelli was murdered soon after leaving the drive inn.

The person or persons responsible for Miss  ZAPPELLI’s murder have not yet been identified. If you have any information about the murder of Anne Cecille Zappelli, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report below.  Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are offered.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

Working Together by DuShong

The artwork titled ‘Working Together’ represents the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia working together in harmony to rejuvenate the land by controlled fires.

In this artwork it also represents our community today working together to keep our neighbourhood safe from crime.

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