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  • 24 years old at the time of her death.
  • 178cm tall.
  • Medium build.
  • Brown hair.
  • Blue eyes.


  • Arrived in Western Australia, from the United Kingdom, in June 1999.
  • Lived with her father and his de-facto partner.
  • Enrolled in a Commercial Cooking Certificate course.
  • Told her father she intended to go to the Perth Zoo on 24 January 2000, alone.
  • At 12:25am on Tuesday 25 January 2000, Miss Anderson was found deceased in the burnt out remains of the Ford Laser.


Deborah Michelle Anderson was born in August 1975 in the United Kingdom.

In June 1999, Miss Anderson arrived in Western Australia to start a new life. She moved in with her father and his de-facto partner in Woodvale. Her mother and brother still lived in the United Kingdom.

Miss Anderson preferred her own company and had no close friends. She was not currently employed; however, she was enrolled in a Commercial Cooking Certificate at the Orchard Hotel in Perth.


During the weekend of 22 – 23 January 2000, Miss Anderson told her father she intended to visit the Perth Zoo on the Monday (24 January). She said she intended to go there alone.

On Monday 24 January 2000, Miss Anderson’s father got up at about 7:20am with Miss Anderson rising at about 8:30am. They had a short discussion with her father departing the premises shortly afterwards to go shopping.

On departing, Miss Anderson was showering, indicating her intentions to attend the Zoo as discussed. On returning at 11:45am, he found his de-facto’s vehicle, missing. He assumed Miss Anderson had borrowed it to go to the Zoo, although there was no discussion regarding the use of the vehicle that morning.

The vehicle was a white 1990 Ford Laser Hatchback Registration Number KA 6594.

At 9:40am, Miss Anderson’s ATM card was used at the Bankwest ATM located at the Woodvale Shopping Centre.


At 12:25am on Tuesday 25 January 2000, the Western Australia Fire Brigade attended a car fire at the Middle Swan Shops located on Bishop Street, Middle Swan.  Having extinguished the fire, they located the body of Miss Anderson in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

If you have any information about Deborah Anderson’s death, or her movements after leaving her home in Woodvale on Monday 24 January 2000, 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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