In April, 1999, schoolgirl Keyra Steinhardt was bashed, raped and murdered in a brazen daylight attack as she walked home from school in the central Queensland town of Rockhampton. The disappearance of Keyra made international headlines as the community and law enforcement officers hunted for the nine-year-old. No one uttered it out loud, but everyone knew they were searching for a body. When her killer, Leonard Fraser, finally led them to her two weeks later, it was the catalyst that went on to expose him as a murderous sexual predator. In 2005 he was found guilty of the murders of Keyra and two other women and guilty of the manslaughter of another woman. Early in April 2003, a teenager who had been missing for four years and feared to be yet another of his victims was discovered hiding out with her boyfriend. Natasha Ryan's emergence presented an intriguing twist in the story of this brutal and cunning killer. Leonard Fraser is a suspect in at least three unsolved disappearances of women in Queensland, although no remains have been found. He is serving four indefinite life sentences.
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