Rewards Doubled In Six Murders
Rewards for six unsolved Queensland murders and
suspected murders have been more than doubled to
$250,000 in a bid to solve the baffling cases.
The case of missing Bowen teenager Rachel Antonio,
who disappeared in 1998 after her mother dropped
her at the cinema, is among the six that police hope
will be solved by increasing the rewards on offer
from $100,000 to $250,000.
The other cases include the 16-year-old murder of
Nam Van Tran at Inala, the 1990 murder of Julie-Ann
Gallon, Kenneth Charles who was killed in 1997 at his
home in Calamvale, Phillip Carlyle who was shot dead
at his Robina workplace in 1997 and the suspected
murder of Patricia Riggs who disappeared after leaving
her Margate home in 2001.
"These cases remain unsolved and that presents a
difficult situation for the many victims' families
and friends who would like to see justice and some
closure," Police Minister Judy Spence said yesterday.
"By increasing these rewards we hope it will encourage
people to come forward with information that could help
piece together the missing links in these unsolved crimes.
"These rewards are for information which leads to the
apprehension and conviction of those responsible for
these six murders."
Ms Spence said Queensland police also would join their
NSW colleagues and post a reward for information into
the murder of Boggabilla woman Theresa Binge.
The 43-year-old woman was last seen alive about midnight
on June 17, 2003, as she was leaving the Victoria Hotel
in Goondiwindi with a man.
Her body was found 10km south of the Queensland border on
Boomi Rd, but forensic evidence showed the crime had been
committed somewhere else and her body dumped there.
The last reward paid out was $30,000 in September 2002 for
information that led to a conviction in the case of Celia
Natasha Doughty who was murdered in 1983.
Rewards in 86 unsolved murder and suspected murder cases
have now been lifted to $250,000 – the maximum amount – after
police and the State Government spent the past nine months
progressively reviewing the system.
A reward of $250,000 was first offered in October last year
for information on missing Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel
Rewards were then progressively lifted in dozens of other
cases late last year.
Anyone with information on these murders or other unsolved
crimes can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.