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Lost in Sydney

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LOST in Sydney is an investigative podcast series that tells the story of missing persons from across Sydney, developed by NewsLocal journalists.
The investigative series, which includes in-depth podcasts, special features and exclusive content released on a weekly basis, works its way through suburbs across Sydney and tasks local journalists to bring you an exclusive new look into several cases that rocked Sydney.
Welcome to Lost in Sydney: The Series.
7 Episodes
The Lime Green Van

The Lime Green Van


A YOUNG man climbs into his lime green Bedford van in the dead of night to drive his girlfriend home - no one has seen them since. NewsLocal Journalist Jake McCallum investigates the series of events following the disappearance of Stephen Lapthorne and Michelle Pope, forty years after they vanished from his West Pymble home.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
TIEMUZHEN Chalaer was a lover of music — this may have been what sparked his enthusiasm for an unregistered party deep in the bush — little did he know, it would cost him his life.NewsLocal Journalist Jake McCallum dives deep into the case of a 24-year-old Chinese student that vanished from a party in the Hawkesbury river suburb of Lower Portland.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
The Boy on Boxing Day

The Boy on Boxing Day


IT IS Boxing Day, 1982, a young indigenous boy jumps the back fence of his Dundas Valley home to scurry off to Eastwood station — he is on a mission to borrow money for his mother — minutes later his brother goes after him, but Bradford Pholi is never seen again.NewsLocal Journalists Jake McCallum and Mary Anne Taouk investigate the devastating life of a young boy that slipped through the cracks, long before his disappearance.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
The Bag in the Bush

The Bag in the Bush


MAUREEN Matterson left her Seven Hills home on December 5, 2003, for her daily walk to visit friends — but the 57-year-old grandmother never returned home. NewsLocal Journalists Jake McCallum and Heath Parkes-Hupton investigate the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a loving grandmother and the case of The Bag in the Bush.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
The Last Dance

The Last Dance


Just after midnight on a Saturday 40 years ago, Avalon teenager Trudie Adams hitched a ride home from Newport surf club and was never seen again. As part of this podcast, a friend of Trudie has spoken publicly for the first time about being one of the last people to see her before she disappeared.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This Australian bush fire season has been unprecedented. In this podcast you will hear harrowing accounts of survival and the incredible acts of bravery and kindness which are helping the town of Malua Bay in southern New South Wales on the path to recovery. A new episode is released every Friday afternoon, search Mates Under Fire and follow or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1 is published Sunday 19th April, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, follow on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts now  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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