Cold case: Denise McGregor

Learn about the murder of Denise McGregor and assist Victoria Police with any information you may have to help solve the case.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing to appeal for information in relation to the 1978 murder of Pascoe Vale teenager Denise McGregor.

About 6.15pm on the night of Monday, 20 March 1978, 13-year-old Denise and her 11-year-old sister left their Bell Street home to walk to a nearby hamburger shop in the same street.

They arrived about 6.30pm and paid for their food with a $5 note their mother had given them.

The pair left the shop and started to walk home when Denise handed the parcel of food to her sister and told her she was going to buy drinks from a milk bar on the corner of Andersen and Bell Streets in Pascoe Vale.

Denise’s sister arrived home about 7pm and when Denise failed to return, was sent back to the milk bar to look for her.

Unable to locate Denise, her sister returned home and she and her mother got in their car and started searching nearby streets.

They then reported Denise missing at Coburg police station.

About 11.25am the following day, Denise’s body was located beside the road on Merriang Road in Wallan East, approximately 3km from Beveridge Road.

Denise was only partially clothed and has been sexually assaulted and beaten to death.

The extent of the attack and injuries suffered by Denise were sickening and graphic in nature.

Of particular interest to investigators is the fact Denise had previously used a CB radio on a couple of occasions at one of her girlfriend’s houses.

During these calls, Denise had made contact with an unidentified male with the call sign ‘Lightning One’.

Denise was well known and popular amongst children of her age from the area and was known to frequent an amusement parlour in Broadmeadows.

She also attended the local high school and by all accounts was a typical teenager.

Detectives believe there are still people out there who know what happened to Denise and who is responsible for her sexual assault and brutal death.

The terror the innocent teenager would have endured before her death is unimaginable and investigators want to hold those responsible to account.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report via the Crime Stoppers Victoria website.(opens in a new window)

Photo of Denise McGregor smiling
Denise McGregor