Woman who found murdered teen's body reveals desperate attempts to get help


A Queensland woman has told of her frantic efforts to get help after discovering the body of a teenage girl bludgeoned to death in her bed almost 30 years ago.

Annette Mason was 15 when she was killed after a night out with friends in Toowoomba in 1989.

A previous inquest into Annette’s death found there was insufficient evidence to establish who killed her.

A second inquest into her death began in Brisbane on Monday, with investigators hoping it will shed further light on her final hours.

Annette Mason was found dead in her bed. Source: 7 News

A friend of Ms Mason’s housemates at the time told the inquest of the moment she found Annette in her bed about 2pm on November 19.

Leisa Kirstenfeldt entered the house through a backdoor to return a pair of shoes and walked through to the sunroom where she made the grim discovery.

Leisa Kirstenfeldt outside Brisbane Magistrates Court, where a second inquest is being held into the death of Annette Mason in 1989. Source: AAP

“I thought there was something wrong … she wasn’t moving, she had blood on her,” Ms Kirstenfeld told the court.

“I’ve never seen anything like that.”

She ran to a friend’s house down the street and screamed for help.

She and her friend returned to the house and flagged down a passing police car.

Ms Kirstenfeldt’s evidence follows the revelation Queensland police are re-examining DNA evidence collected during their initial investigation.

Detective Sergeant Virginia Gray also told the inquest witnesses had seen someone matching Annette’s description being chased down the road shortly after she arrived home from her night out.

Ms Kirstenfeldt’s evidence follows the revelation Queensland police are re-examining DNA evidence collected during their initial investigation. Source: AAP

“They had to brake fairly heavily to avoid hitting her,” Det Sgt Gray told the court.

“When they looked they observed a male person following her and apparently gesturing aggressively at her.”

Annette was found in her bed hours later with massive head injuries after she was bashed across the face, possibly with a piece of wood.

Annette Mason’s family outside the Brisbane Coroners Court on Monday. Source: AAP

Her family want justice.

“We want to see someone charged,” her sister Linda Mason told reporters outside the inquest.

“My grandparents passed without knowing and my parents, and my mum that’s coming today, I don’t want them to pass not knowing, so we really need answers.

“We’ve lived 29 years of a life sentence now. My message (to her killer) would be to own up to what they did. Tell us what they did and why they did it.”