Long wait for hit-run answers

Apollo Bay’s James Walters says people must have more information about his brother Karl’s unsolved hit-run death in 1987.

Apollo Bay’s James Walters says people must have more information about his brother Karl’s unsolved hit-run death in 1987.

APOLLO Bay’s James Walters has spent 25 years with more questions than answers about the unsolved killing of his brother Karl.

“The loss of Karl can never be reversed but we would love to have all of the answers we have been waiting for,” Mr Walters said.

“We really feel that there are a number of people who know more.”

Karl Francis Walters died when an unknown vehicle hit him while he was walking across Wild Dog Creek bridge on the Great Ocean Road, near Apollo Bay, in the early hours of Saturday December 12, 1987.

Karl Walters was 19 when he died in an unsolved hit-run at Apollo Bay.

Karl Walters was 19 when he died in an unsolved hit-run at Apollo Bay.

Karl was 19 years old.

Colac detectives re-opened an investigation into his death a fortnight ago after new information about the cold case emerged “out of the blue”.

Police have received new information and “a number of calls” about the case since the Colac Herald broke the story.

James Walters, who was 20 when Karl died, said his brother’s death rocked his family and they had spent the past 25 years coping with the tragedy.

“The loss of Karl was devastating to our family,” the 44-year-old said.

“We have moved along with our lives without him but it is very sad to see our next generation of children have to deal with this loss,” he said.

Karl was walking home from a party the night he died, and James said the mood of that party and the mystery of Karl’s dog could be keys to finding who killed him.

He said Karl had returned home during the night and taken his three-month-old border collie puppy with him when he left.

James said he was “confident” Angus the puppy would have been with Karl when he died, yet Angus made it home, about three kilometres from the bridge, where passersby found Karl’s body about 5.15am.

“The family still doesn’t know what the mood of the party was and whether there was some sort of conflict at the party,” James said.

“And we don’t know how this young puppy made it back to our house.”

James was at the family’s Apollo Bay home the night Karl never returned but he said he didn’t remember a lot about how he felt in the aftermath of his brother’s death.

“I honestly think that there’s a natural instinct to block this out and a lot of the things that we did were purely based on an emotional need to protect ourselves,” he said

James said his father Don, who died in 2008, helped keep the family together through its heartbreak but he said the time for answers was long overdue.

“I felt that my father has held onto a lot of information in order to shield us from the pain and now that he has passed on it is time to have this resolved,” he said.

“I am so proud of the people who have brought forward their knowledge or just a small part of something that they have heard,” James said.

“I also understand that this is a huge step for someone to make and welcome people to know that I will support them if they need to be.

“It is so hard for us to be around people who want to talk, who want to tell us, but can’t.

“Once this is over the people in Apollo Bay can talk to us freely about Karl knowing that we are all at the same level.

“This would mean so much to me.”

People with information about Karl Walters’ death can contact Colac CIU on 52312613.

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