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The main person of interest in the 1969 disappearance of Tasmanian woman Lucille Butterworth is convicted murderer and rapist Geoffrey Charles Hunt, a coronial inquest has heard.

On Monday, coroner Simon Cooper lifted the suppression order on the names of persons of interest.

The court heard Mr Hunt was previously convicted for the rape and murder of car saleswoman Susan Knight in 1976.

Mr Cooper was told there were three other persons of interest in the case; John Gamon Lonergan, who is deceased, Robert Carl Lahey and Lance Russell Sage, who are considered minor persons of interest.

Counsel assisting Simon Nicholson told the inquest it was believed Lucille Butterworth voluntarily entered a vehicle sometime after 6pm on August 25, 1969.

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Paul Tapp