SA Police thanked members of the public for their help finding a wanted woman whose name — shared with a town in Vietnam and popularised in an Australian rock song — caused a post seeking her whereabouts to go viral on social media this week.

Key points:

  • Police appealed for Ms Cox’s whereabouts on Monday
  • She and a man were arrested on Saturday after allegedly breaking into a house
  • SA Police Facebook posts about the woman went viral, with many comments referencing Cold Chisel

On Monday, SA Police appealed to the public for help finding 28-year-old Khe Sanh Cox, of Surrey Downs in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs.

Police said Ms Cox was wanted in connection with a number of offences, including break-ins and car theft.

The Facebook post appealing for help to find her was liked and shared thousands of times, with many comments referencing the woman’s name, popularised in Cold Chisel’s song Khe Sanh, about a veteran of the Vietnam War returning to civilian life.

In a separate post on Twitter, SA Police bought into the banter, referencing other Cold Chisel songs.

Wanted woman spotted in the Riverland

Police said they received information about 5:00pm Saturday that Ms Cox may have been inside a stolen blue Honda Civic, which was seen travelling around the Riverland township of Kingston on Murray.

Two hours later, police said, officers were called to a petrol station in Waikerie, about 34 kilometres to the west, where it was alleged a woman driving a vehicle of the same description had failed to pay for petrol.

Police said the car was spotted about 8:00pm at Munno Para, and then tracked by the police helicopter as it travelled through several of Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

According to SA Police, the car was then dumped and a female driver and a male passenger ran away before allegedly breaking into a house on McCann Place in Greenwith, where they were arrested.

Police said Ms Cox and a man were arrested on Saturday after allegedly having broken into a house.(ABC News)

Police said a woman was at home at the time, but was not physically injured.

The man was charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle and hindering police.

He was granted bail and was due to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court in March.

Ms Cox was “yet to be charged”, SA Police said on Saturday night.

“Police would like to thank the public for their assistance.”

The SA Police Facebook post announcing Ms Cox’s arrest has attracted more than 6,000 reactions and many more comments referencing Cold Chisel.


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