Police have recently made a startling breakthrough in a decades-old missing person case. Donald Gordon Buckley, a 24-year-old labourer and father of three, mysteriously disappeared from Sydney's west in 1953. Despite extensive investigations, the case had gone cold until Buckley's granddaughter, Donna Truscott, reported him missing again in early 2023.
Thanks to an appeal by the police, a member of the public came forward with information, leading to the revelation that Buckley had changed his identity multiple times. It is believed that he died of natural causes in Moree, a town in northern New South Wales, in 1980 at the age of 51.
During the initial investigation in the 1950s, authorities were unable to locate Buckley. He had two young boys and a baby at the time of his disappearance and was reportedly facing marital problems. Correspondence with his family ceased in 1954, and child support payments stopped as well.
Donna Truscott, Buckley's granddaughter, shared that her father had last seen his own father when he was just four years old. Truscott described her grandfather as an alcoholic who was struggling with his circumstances and didn't want to be himself anymore.
In an unexpected turn of events, Truscott's decision to take a DNA test and upload it to a genealogy website in 2017 resulted in the identification of another missing woman. Queensland Police reached out to Truscott, informing her that her DNA match had helped identify the skeletal remains of Tanya Lee Glover, a woman found under a unit complex in Alderley, Queensland. Glover's cause of death is still under investigation, and no arrests have been made.
Truscott expressed her family's gratitude for being able to give Glover back her identity and commended the police for their diligent work. The use of DNA technology in solving unsolved crimes has proven to be a groundbreaking advancement and brings hope for justice to victims and their families.
As investigators continue their efforts to determine the cause of Glover's death, Truscott highlighted the remarkable impact of science and DNA technology in solving these cases. The evolving field of forensic genetics has proven to be invaluable in bringing closure to families and in the pursuit of justice for unsolved homicides.