CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The dingo really did take the baby.
Thirty-two years after a 9-week-old infant vanished from an Outback campsite in a case that bitterly divided Australians and inspired a Meryl Streep film, the nation overwhelmingly welcomed a ruling that finally brought closure to the long-running mystery.
A coroner in the northern city of Darwin found Tuesday that a dingo, or wild dog, had taken Azaria Chamberlain from her parents’ tent near Ayers Rock, the red monolith in the Australian desert now known by its Aboriginal name Uluru.
That is what her parents, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Michael Chamberlain, had maintained from the beginning.
The eyes of the now-divorced couple welled with tears as the findings of the fourth inquest into their daughter’s disappearance were announced, watched by people around Australia on live television.