The Strange Disappearance of The Beaumont Children

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Missing beaumont children. Adelaide

Libby Thoma and Patrick Archibald

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by Patrick Archibald and Libby Thoma

Three children missing, never to be seen again.

In Adelaide, a small city in Australia, nine-year-old Jane, seven-year-old Arnna, and four-year-old Grant Beaumont went to the beach, alone, to go for a swim on a dreadfully warm summer day. On this day, January 26, 1966, the children were never seen or heard from again. They boarded a bus heading towards Glenelg Beach around 10 am. The parents expected the children, who tended to be very obedient, to be home by 2 pm. Eventually, 2 pm came and went and the parents started to worry. Thinking the children were just late because they missed the bus or got distracted, they didn’t call 911 to report the children missing until later that night.

Eventually, the case got out and tips started flowing in. There were many suspects, leads,  and witnesses in this case. Many of the witnesses claimed they saw the children with a tall man, with a thin face and short, blond hair. A Dutch psychic was flown to Adelaide nine months after the disappearance. He claimed that the children were buried under a new factory, which sparked the public to petition for an excavation. Nothing was found.

The next biggest lead was two letters sent in 1968 to the Beaumont parents.  The letters were supposedly written by the eldest child, Jane. The first letter asked the parents to meet the perpetrator in a park to hand the children over. They went to the park and waited, but no one came. Shortly after, the second letter arrived telling the parents that the kidnapper had spotted a detective following them so he decided to leave. The letters were later proven as a hoax.

In 2013, Australian businessman Harry Phipps was named a suspect after his son claimed that he had seen the children at the family’s house when he was 15. He also told detectives that his father violently abused him as a child. Harry had died in 2004, but a full investigation was still conducted at a factory formerly owned by him. An excavation of one area was ordered and ground-penetrating radar was used on most of the property, but nothing was ever found. In 2018, another excavation was ordered at New Castalloy, but after one day of digging, they decided to stop. This was the last known search related to the case.