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Operation TAM - Olivia Hope and Ben
One of New Zealand’s highest profile investigations began on 2 January 1998 after young friends Olivia Hope and Ben Smart disappeared in the early hours of New Year’s morning.
Ben, (21) and Olivia, (17) were last seen by Furneaux Lodge water taxi operator Guy Wallace who ferried them, along with a mystery stranger, to a yacht moored in the Marlborough Sound’s Endeavour Inlet. In spite of massive official and private searches of the Sounds, few clues have been found to indicate what happened to them.
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Introduction - OPERATION TAM
What's happened to Olivia Hope and Ben Smart
Olivia Hope and Ben Smart disappear in the early hours of New Years Day 1998.
Close-up Profiles on Olivia and Ben
Overview of the Police Investigation
Dectective Inspector Rob Pope assigned to head investigation
The story behind the enigmatic Detective and the media.
Sloop seized by police
A yacht is taken by police for forensic examination
Media names seized yacht's owner
Scott Watson of Picton is named as the owner of the seized yacht.
Gerald Hope's high media profile.
Police appeal for information regarding the man that was last seen with Ben and Olivia.
A look at criticism of the police investigation by the media.
The Furneaux Lodge water taxi-driver , Guy Wallace, feels pressured.
Hoax radio call angers
Screaming and shouting heard
Maritime search equipment considered
An aluminimum dinghy has been taken for testing by police
Former police enter mystery
Anonymous letter 'might be important'.
Garbage sifted at the Picton tip for evidence
What chance of success???
New info on sloop's movements. Not all New Zealander's have heard of the disappearance - incredible but true....
Sounds Like Murder
A 10,000, 21 page chronology of events to date - constantly updating....
Dinghy Theft Arrest
All the information about the dinghy theft and the man involved.
Navy Underwater Search
Police authorise new searches of the seabed.
Suspect List shrinks
Potential suspect list has now shrunk to 'fewer than 10'
Only now a Homicide
Accidental death now ruled out and Operation TAM becomes a homicide investigation
Imminent Sounds arrest ‘speculation’
Police annoyed at media reports
Father ‘needs to know where Olivia is’
Gerald Hope needs answers to his daughter's disappearance.
Three specific inquiry areas hold the key
These are the three critical remaining elements of the investigation into their deaths.
Operation Tam base to shift to Christchurch
Operation Tam’s base is to shift from Blenheim to Christchurch
Man arrested for the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope.
Scott Watson arrested for the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope.
Soft drink can thrown at murder accused
Former Gore police officer and now company director Alan Henderson threw a full can of soft drink at Operation Tam murder accused Scott Watson
The Watson Depositions Hearing
The Depostions Hearing into Scott Watson, and whether he is reponsible for the murder of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope
Scott Watson To Stand Trial
Watson to stand trial for the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope - Judge McAloon's Ruling
Scott Watson Trial - Guilty Verdict Returned
This section provides an up-to-date record of the trial of Scott Watson, the man accused of the murders.
News following the conviction of Scott Watson
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Final preparations for Scott Watson trial start today
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Operation TAM - One of NZ's highest profile investigations
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