It has been revealed the man who murdered Linda Reed in December 1983 killed another woman two years after the Gold Coast newlywed’s body was found.
A court heard chilling new details today about how Troy James O’Meara targeted 21-year-old Ms Reed during her lunch break at Pacific Fair shopping centre.
O’Meara, who was 17 at the time, threatened Ms Reed and forced her to drive to a remote location.
He then tied her hands behind her back before sexually assaulting and drowning her.
It took detectives 35 years to finally track down O’Meara using DNA profiling.
“Troy James O’Meara murdered my wife, future children and my chances of being a father,” Ms Reed’s husband Robert said in a statement.
Nine News can reveal that O’Meara is also responsible for killing 19-year-old Vanessa O’Brien two years after Ms Reed’s death and in strikingly similar circumstances.
O’Meara, now 54, who is already serving a life sentence for killing Ms O’Brien, has pleaded guilty to Ms Reed’s murder and a judge will make final deliberations before handing down a sentence.