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Crime Stoppers Success Stories
Thanks to Crime Stoppers Victoria members of the public have been able to help solve some high profile crimes. One such success story was that of an abandoned child, affectionately named ‘Little Pumpkin’ before her true identity and story was established.
In 2007 newspaper headlines such as ‘Little Pumpkin abandoned Aust. Mother murdered NZ. Global hunt for father USA’ summed up the high profile case of 3 year old Qian Xun Xue who was found abandoned at Southern Cross Station, Melbourne.
Victoria Police publicised the case and encouraged the public to call Crime Stoppers Victoria to report any information that could be relevant to the case.
Crime Stoppers hotline received many calls in relation to this case and the intelligence from the community enabled Victoria Police to piece together what became an international case involving the murder of Little Pumpkin’s mother and ultimately the capture of her father in America.
Information reports to the Crime Stoppers hotline included:
- Callers recalled seeing a man and the child purchasing a ticket to the America
- Callers recalled seeing a man and the child on an Emirates flight to Melbourne
- Callers recalled seeing a man and the child going through customs at the airport
- Callers recalled seeing a man and the child in hotels making enquiries about accommodation
- Callers saw a man and the child on the streets of Melbourne and in the vicinity of Southern Cross station on the morning the child was abandoned
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