A 32-year mystery over the death of baby Azaria Chamberlain ended Tuesday when an Australian coroner found a dingo killed the baby.
A 32-year legal mystery over the death of a baby in Australia's outback came to an end on Tuesday when a coroner found a dingo was responsible for killing infant Azaria Chamberlain, a case that split national opinion and attracted global headlines.
The coroner's finding ends a three-decade fight for justice by Azaria's parents, Michael Chamberlain and Lindy Chamberlain, who was jailed for three years over her daughter's death before she was later cleared.
"This has been a terrifying battle, bitter at times, but now some healing, and a chance to put our daughter's spirit to rest," Michael Chamberlain told reporters in the Northern Territory capital Darwin after the coroner's ruling.
Azaria disappeared on Aug. 17, 1980 from a tent in a camping ground near Uluru, a towering, haunting monolith formerly known as Ayers Rock, one of central Australia's main tourist attractions.
Azaria's body was never found. Her parents always maintained she was taken by a dingo, an Australian native wild dog.
"Obviously we are relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga," Lindy Chamberlain, now known as Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, told reporters outside the court.