New lead in Perth serial killer cold case

Claremont killer cold case
Ciara Glennon, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer were abducted two decades ago.

A serial killer cold case two decades old may finally have answers following an arrest in Perth on Thursday.

A man in his fifties was taken into custody by heavily armed police, PerthNow reports.

While police couldn't confirm reports today's arrest was linked to the infamous Claremont killings, unsolved homicide detectives are leading the investigation.

The Claremont case has captivated Perth for two decades, after three women were abducted off the streets in 1996 and 1997.

The bodies of Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, were both later found. The whereabouts of Sarah Spiers, 18, remains a mystery.

The case was reopened earlier this year with police saying they remained confident an arrest was possible.

On Thursday morning police cordoned off the Perth house and were focusing their efforts on an area in the backyard, where they set up a forensic tent.

It is understood the man, previously not publicly linked to the case, and his 20-year-old daughter have lived in the home for several years.

His daughter arrived home about one hour into the police search and was escorted away shortly after.

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