Detectives in Perth have taken the unusual step of denying rumours that they are close to an arrest in the notorious unsolved Claremont serial killings.
Police are still hunting for the killer of Jane Rimmer, 23, Ciara Glennon, 27, abducted from the well-to-do western suburb of Claremont and murdered in 1996 and 1997. Sarah Spiers, 18, disappeared from the suburb in 1996.
The former two women were found dead, but no trace has been found of Ms Spiers.
A statement from police today said rumours that a significant announcement was pending in relation to the investigation were not correct.
Detective Superintendent Anthony Lee of the Major Crime Division said there was no substance to the rumours suggesting an arrest was imminent or that a significant announcement regarding the investigation was to be made.
"This type of rumour does not serve to assist the investigation and causes unnecessary distress to the families," Det-Supt Lee said.
"We know the investigation generates significant interest and for this reason WA Police are clarifying the situation with the public."
Task Force Macro, set up to probe the killings, is Australia's longest-running and most expensive murder investigation.
Ms Spiers went missing from outside a Claremont nightclub in January 1996. She is presumed dead.
Ms Rimmer's body was found in bushland south of Perth in August 1996.
Ms Glennon was found murdered on April 3, 1997 - 19 days after she was last seen in Claremont.