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Victoria Police to set $1 million rewards for all murder cases

Every new reward issued to solve Victorian murders will be set at $1 million from now on.
All murder rewards posted before the official announcement on Saturday will be reviewed and increased one by one to $1 million as each review is completed.
“Ideally we would like to see all cases reviewed within two years, however it will be determined by workload or any significant events that may impact on resourcing,” Assistant commissioner Tracy Linford said.
Missing - Terry Floyd, aged 12
The Herald Sun is also revealing today that the first of the new $1 million rewards on offer is to solve the sickening bashing murder of 79-year-old grandmother Leah Buck.
A cowardly bag-snatcher attacked Mrs Buck from behind, knocking her to the ground as she was walking in Dover Rd, Williamstown, about 2.30pm on September 20, 1994.
One of Mrs Buck’s five grandchildren said it was wonderful Victoria Police valued her grandmother’s life so highly and had never given up on solving the case.
“We just would like someone to be accountable for it. Nana was our world,” Sue Charlton said.
The review of the Victoria Police reward system was ordered by chief commissioner Ken Lay in June after he read a Herald Sun article which quoted relatives of murder victims complaining about the inequity of some cases attracting $1 million rewards while others attracted none or much lower amounts.
Daryl Floyd, the brother of missing schoolboy Terry Floyd, and Peter MacDiarmid, the father of murder victim Sarah MacDiarmid, made emotional appeals through the Herald Sun for uniformity in the reward system.
“Who decides one life is worth more than another, and why,” Mr MacDiarmid said in June.
Mr Lay spoke to the Herald Sun the day the article appeared and said he was so moved by it he decided order an immediate review of the force’s rewards system.
There are just over 200 rewards for unsolved cases on Victoria Police books, dating back to 1963.
The force will not reveal details of the size of those rewards, but the majority are for amounts of $100,000 or less.
Assistant commissioner Linford has just completed the review ordered by Mr Lay and the new rewards policy is now in operation.
“We did find that there was some subjectivity in how we actually allocated amounts,” she told the Herald Sun.
“Ultimately we want the community to be confident that the process that we now have in place is about putting all the investigations on a level playing field in how we determine what the rewards will be.”
Ms Linford revealed that from today all rewards posted for murders and a range of other crimes will be linked to the size of the maximum penalty for that particular crime.
She said all rewards relating to Level I crimes attracting a maximum prison term of life, which includes murder and large commercial drug trafficking, will be for $1 million.
Rewards posted for Level 2 crimes attracting a maximum sentence of 25 years, which include rape, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and arson causing death, will be between $350,000 and $500,000.
Level 3 crimes, which include manslaughter and intentionally causing serious injury and which attract a maximum penalty of 20 years, will have rewards of between $250,000 and $350,000.
Rewards issued for Level 4 crimes, which include arson, drug trafficking and handling stolen goods, will be set at between $175,000 and $250,000.
Level 5 crimes, which include threats to kill, indecent assault and theft, will have rewards of between $100,000 and $175,000 while Level 6 crimes, which include drug possession and recklessly causing injury, will be set at between $50,000 and $100,000.
Ms Linford said investigators could apply to a Victoria Police rewards committee for rewards to be issued for any Level 1 to 6 crimes.
If the application is approved the size of the reward will be within the range outlined in the new policy.
“There are several criteria to be met before the committee determines that we will advertise a reward,” Ms Linford said.
“For instance, we have to be comfortable that the investigators have actually pursued all the avenues of inquiry that exist.”
Every reward on Victoria Police’s books going back to 1963 will be reviewed with the intention of increasing the size of the reward to the amount set down in the new policy — which will be $1 million in the case of all unsolved murders where rewards have previously been posted.
Missing - Elisabeth Membrey
Ms Linford said she expected the review process and the increasing of all previously issued murder rewards to $1 million would be completed within two years.
She said the crime department was prioritising the order in which cases would be reviewed.
“We are going to try and prioritise those cases that have a more likely chance of solvability, or are more likely to attract somebody to come forward to us with information,” Ms Linford said.
“Our members will be looking for opportunities with all the cold cases that they have on their books in terms of what information they have that might prompt their particular case to be reviewed before another.
“Various grounds, including the prospect of solvability, will help us determine which ones are reviewed earlier and more quickly than others.
“But it’s certainly the intention that we will get through them all.”
The current $100,000 reward on offer over the 1975 disappearance of Terry Floyd, 12, is expected to be among the first to jump to $1 million.
Detectives from the cold case and missing persons squad have already recommended that it be increased.
Ms Linford said it wouldn’t make sense for the force to increase all previous murder rewards to $1 million at the same time because the public would be swamped and the rewards wouldn’t attract the flow of new information that traditionally comes in when new rewards are announced.
“We will put them out periodically, one by one, as we review them,” Ms Linford said.
Mr Lay said he was pleased the review he ordered had resulted in a new force policy on rewards.
“Over time it is hoped that all unsolved cases will be reviewed and the rewards upgraded. Of course the timing of this will vary from case to case,” he told the Herald Sun.
“It is so important and we want the community to understand that all unsolved cases are important and that it is the pinnacle for an investigator to take over a cold case and bring resolution to a family and justice for the victim.
“We are proud of our efforts in these areas and hope in undertaking this review we highlight to the community how Victoria Police continue to strive to improve.”
Murdered grandmother of five Leah Buck was out shopping in broad daylight when a low-life thug decided to steal her handbag.
The 79-year-old was savagely bashed from behind.
A motorist stopped to help after seeing a bleeding and clearly distressed Mrs Buck on her knees on the footpath in Dover Rd, Williamstown.
Mrs Buck managed to say “something hit me, something hit me” to the motorist before lapsing into unconsciousness.
She died from massive head injuries the following day.
The cowardly attack on Mrs Buck occurred about 2.30pm on September 20, 1994.
Her killer has never been caught.
Homicide squad detective sergeant Sol Solomon hopes a $1 million reward being announced today will tempt somebody to dob in Mrs Buck’s attacker.
He believes the killer will have spoken to somebody about it and that the offer of such a life-changing amount of money might be what it takes to prompt that person or persons to contact police.
“That’s what I am hoping,” sergeant Solomon told the Herald Sun.
“I couldn’t imagine that whoever did this has just remained completely silent over the past 20 years.
Missing - Siriyakorn 'Bung' Siriboon
“This will send a message that we never forget and unsolved cases never close.”
One of Mrs Buck’s five grandchildren praised sergeant Solomon and Victoria Police for valuing her grandmother’s life so highly and never giving up on solving the case.
“We just would like someone to be accountable for it. Nana was our world,” Sue Charlton said.
“She was very family orientated, she loved her kids and she loved her grandchildren.
“It was nothing for us to be five grandchildren there on school holidays making mud pies in the backyard, climbing the apricot tree.
“She was a strong woman. She brought up three children by herself after her husband died when her two daughters and son were just eight, 10 and 12.”
It was a phone call from Ms Charlton which sparked the new probe into Mrs Buck’s murder, which resulted in the $1 million reward being announced today.
“I had been thinking about Nana’s case for a long time and got a real bee in my bonnet as there had been quite a few murder cases solved recently after 30 and 40 years while Nana’s remained unsolved,” she said.
“So I asked Mum if it was OK to contact the homicide squad to see if anything could be done about Nana’s case and Mum was happy for me to do so.
“I contacted detective Sol Solomon and he agreed to have a fresh look at the case.
“He came back to me later to say there was going to be a $1 million reward, which blew my socks off.
“To think that Victoria Police values Nana’s life that much is wonderful.”
It is likely Mrs Buck’s killer also attacked and stole the handbag of Elizabeth Davies, who was 73 at the time, less than 30 minutes before Mrs Buck’s bag was snatched.
Mrs Davies was knocked to the ground in Newcastle St, Newport just after 2pm.
She survived and later told Herald Sun journalist John Hamilton she was taken to the same hospital as Mrs Buck.
“The orderly said: ‘Well, at least you’ve got a better chance that the other old lady; she’s already on the operating table.’ Poor dear, she died,” Mrs Davies said then.
Sergeant Solomon said the circumstances surrounding Mrs Buck’s death were terribly sad.
“Here we have an elderly woman going about her business and walking down the street in the middle of the day when out of nowhere she has been struck from behind,” he said.
“Her shopping trolley was turned over on its side and her handbag and purse were missing and have never been recovered. “The post mortem revealed Mrs Buck died as a result of injuries sustained from the robbery.
“An extensive investigation at the time failed to identify any witnesses or the person responsible.
“We are now hoping after all this time, and with the offer of the $1 million reward, that someone will come forward to us with information.
Missing - Sarah MacDiarmid
“It has been 20 years without any answers for the family, who have lost a much loved grandmother, mother, sister, in such a senseless act.
“To leave an elderly woman on her knees on the side of the road that had been hit and knocked over with such brute force that her trolley was overturned and that she was ultimately killed is just shocking.
“With the passage of time we are hoping that the person responsible will come forward or that they spoke to someone at the time about what occurred and we hope that they will come forward so we can provide some closure for the family.”
Sergeant Solomon said it was the family which prompted him to reinvestigate the case and recommend the $1 million reward.
“It was on our file as an inactive cold case,” he said.
“But I reinvestigated it as a result of a phone call that I got last year from Sue Charlton, one of Mrs Buck’s grandchildren.
“She was asking if there was anything more that could be done in an effort to get the breakthrough that we needed.
“So I reviewed the file, I got the brief back from the Coroner and after going through it realised the only thing that hadn’t been done was a reward application.
“After speaking to the granddaughter it was quite clear to me that this family is very much still mourning her loss.
“The grief and the frustration of not knowing exactly why this happened and who was responsible is still there and unresolved.”

Current million-dollar rewards
Victoria Police has also issued $1 million rewards to help solve the murders of:

Young mother Maryanna Lanciana at Werribee in 1994 and the executions of underworld figures Dimitrios Belias and George Germanos in 1999 and 2001,
with police believing the three murders are linked.
Racehorse trainer Les Samba, who was shot dead at Middle Park in February 2011.
Jennifer Tanner, who was shot dead at her Bonnie Doon home in 1984.
Transsexual prostitute Adele Bailey, whose body was found in a Bonnie Doon mineshaft in 1995 after she disappeared from St Kilda.
Jane Thurgood-Dove, who was shot dead in front of her children outside their Niddrie home in 1997.
Vicki Jacobs, who was shot dead at her Bendigo home in 1999.
Underworld figure Richard Mladenich, who was shot dead in front of three people at St Kilda’s notorious Esquire Motel in 2000.
Police informer Terence Hodson and his wife Christine, who were executed in their Kew East home in 2004.
Boronia teenager Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon, who disappeared while walking to school in June 2011.
Self proclaimed vampire and gigolo Shane Chartres-Abbott, who was shot dead in 2003.
Budding journalist Elisabeth Membrey, 22, who disappeared in December 1994 after she left work at the Manhattan Hotel in Ringwood.
Sarah MacDiarmid, who disappeared from Kananook railway station in July 1990.
Anyone with information about the murder of Leah Buck, or any other cold cases, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppers.vic.com.au.

www.news.com.au (5-12-2014)
http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-police-to-set-1-million-rewards-for-all-murder-cases/story-fnii5sms-1227146349221


Relatives of Terry Floyd, Sarah MacDiarmid and Joanne Ratcliffe push for $1m rewards to solve murders

The brother of missing schoolboy Terry Floyd has started a campaign to have all murder rewards set at $1 million.
Missing - Terry Floyd

His $1 million reward push has the support of relatives of other victims, including the father of murdered 23-year-old Sarah MacDiarmid.
They argue the reward system in Victoria doesn’t treat all cases fairly and equally.
“How can the murder of one person be worth a $1 million reward whereas the murder of another is only worth $100, 000 — or nothing in some cases?” Daryl Floyd said yesterday.
Sarah MacDiarmid’s father Peter told the Herald Sun the $1 million rewards offered in Victoria in relation to gangland killings angered him.
“To me that’s a waste of public money,” he said.
“Criminals killing criminals should not attract bigger rewards than cases such as Terry Floyd’s disappearance.
“I just don’t get how either Victoria Police or the Police Minister can decide solving an underworld killing is more important than finding who murdered Terry Floyd, or solving the many other murders of innocent people in Victoria that don’t attract $1 million rewards.”
Mr MacDiarmid said he was grateful there was a $1 million reward to solve the 1990 disappearance of his daughter from Kananook railway station, near Frankston.
“But I agree with Daryl Floyd that every case deserves a $1 million reward,” he said.
“Surely all cases should be treated equally? Who decides one life is worth more than another and why?”
Terry Floyd, 12, disappeared while waiting for a lift from Avoca to Maryborough in 1975, with evidence suggesting he was abducted and murdered by a paedophile.
Victoria Police recently told Mr Floyd that while his equity argument had merit there were no plans to increase the reward in his brother’s case from $100,000.
Responding to Mr Floyd’s push for blanket $1 million rewards, assistant commissioner Tracy Linford said she acknowledged there was some disparity in relation to reward amounts “particularly in relation to historical investigations”.
“This is something we are looking at to ensure the amounts remain relative and are reflective of the current status of the investigation,” Ms Linford told the Herald Sun.
“There are provisions to increase an original reward offer, but rewards are a legitimate investigative tool and can only be considered or increased in specific circumstances at an appropriate time.
“It’s important to understand that reward amounts do not represent the value of someone’s life, nor do they indicate the desire of police to solve a particular case.
“Amounts offered can vary for a whole range of investigative reasons, including the stage of a particular investigation and the person(s) investigators believe might have the information they’re appealing for and their circumstances.
“While we can’t go into specifics, there is a section in the Victoria Police Manual that outlines procedures and guidelines in relation to rewards.
“While the guidelines are not mandatory requirements, they include recommended good practices and assessment tools to help investigators make lawful, ethical and professional decisions when applying for rewards.
“This includes advice around proposed reward amounts.
“While there is a decision guide matrix for investigators to consider, there is no set criteria as all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, given the variables of each investigation. “Rewards can be instigated by any investigator and require varying levels of approval based on the circumstances of the individual investigation and amount proposed.
“I appreciate that for safety and security reasons, our legislative obligations and the potential to undermine the justice system that we’re often not able to discuss rewards in detail, which may look like we’re not being fair or transparent.
“I’d like to reassure the community that each case is assessed on its merits and it is our utmost desire, in every case, to get the information we need and solve it.”
In an emotional letter to Victoria Police, Mr Floyd argued that $1 million rewards had been offered to solve underworld murders and other crimes, yet other cases carried no reward or smaller rewards.
“My 12-year-old brother needs to be treated equally,” Mr Floyd’s letter said.
“I appeal to your sense of justice and ask that Terry’s reward be raised to $1 million so that he can be found and his murderer be brought to justice.
“On February 4, 2014, Victoria Police offered a $1 million reward for missing “Bung” Siriboon to catch her abductor.

A $1m reward has been issued in connection with the disappearance of schoolgirl Siriyakorn 'Bung' Siriboon.

“Victoria Police said the case is baffling and frustrating for detectives, but they remained hopeful the reward would entice tips to flow in. ‘It’s a life changing amount’ was stated.
“Terry’s case is also relying on ‘enticing tips to flow in’.
“The case is very active and persons of interest are currently being interviewed.
“In ‘Bung’s’ case, Victoria Police said the reward was aimed at an accomplice or someone who was told what happened and kept it a secret.
“Victoria Police believes that it will take $1 million in today’s society for people to come forward.
“Those that know what happened to Terry will also find a $1 million reward ‘enticing’.
“I would hate to think that as a society we will sit back and allow a child murderer to get away with it because somebody sits in judgment and determines which cases have some higher priority over others.”
Det-Insp Ken Ashworth recently responded to Mr Floyd’s letter, saying the Terry Floyd case remained active and the force would investigate any new information which came in.
“Whilst your comments in regard to ‘equity’ have some merit, given all the circumstances of this case, currently, it is not proposed to seek an increase in the reward offered,” his letter to Mr Floyd said.
Mr Floyd yesterday praised South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill for earlier this year offering $1 million rewards to solve 13 cold cases involving the murders of 18 children.
They included the three Beaumont children, Jane, 9, Arnna, 7, and Grant, 4, who disappeared from Glenelg in 1966, and the disappearance of Joanne Ratcliffe, 11, and Kirste Gordon, 4, from Adelaide Oval in 1973.
“Both these cases are older than Terry’s case,” Mr Floyd said in his letter to Victoria Police.
“Both cases deserve the increase, just as Terry’s 1975 case deserves the reward to be lifted.”
Joanne Ratcliffe’s sister, Suzie Wilkinson, yesterday said she hoped the Victorian Government would follow SA’s lead and increase the rewards in the case of Terry Floyd and other missing and murdered Victorian children.
Ms Wilkinson was angry that large rewards were being offered to solve underworld and other killings in SA and channelled that anger into helping persuade the SA Government to offer multiple $1 million rewards in relation to the unsolved murders of 18 children in the state, including that of her sister Joanne.
“I was told they agreed with me that they shouldn’t discriminate against the kids in comparison to other rewards that had been issued,” she told the Herald Sun.
“That’s why they decided to increase the rewards.
“They have had more than 100 phone calls offering information since the rewards were posted in February.
“It’s sad that people need the offer of a reward before they will supply information, but $1 million is a life changing amount of money and if that is what it takes to induce people to come forward then so be it.”
The sister of missing Victorian teenager Maureen Braddy yesterday also backed Mr Floyd’s call for more $1 million rewards.
“There isn’t any reward offered in my sister’s case,” Lyn Ireland said.
“How can that be fair when police offer $1 million rewards to solve the murders of convicted criminals and underworld identities?
“Surely it is more important to catch the killers of innocent children than it is criminals who kill other criminals.”
Ms Ireland was eight when her sister Maureen, 16, and Maureen’s boyfriend, Allan Whyte, 17, disappeared in 1968 after attending a Bendigo dance.
In the past two months, Victoria Police has announced three separate $1 million rewards to solve the murders of Maryanna Lanciana and underworld figures Dimitrios Belias and George Germanos.

$1 million rewards are also on offer in Victoria to solve the murders of:

Racehorse trainer Les Samba, who was shot dead at Middle Park in February 2011.
Jennifer Tanner, who was shot dead at her Bonnie Doon home in 1984.
Transsexual prostitute Adele Bailey, whose body was found in a Bonnie Doon mineshaft in 1995 after she disappeared from St Kilda.
Jane Thurgood-Dove, who was shot dead at her Niddrie home in 1997.
Vicki Jacobs, who was shot dead at her Bendigo home in 1999.
Underworld figure Richard Mladenich, who was shot dead in front of three people at St Kilda’s notorious Esquire Motel in 2000.
Police informer Terence Hodson and his wife Christine, who were executed in their Kew East home in 2004.
Boronia teenager Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon, who disappeared while walking to school in June 2011.

www.news.com.au (10-6-2014)
http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/relatives-of-terry-floyd-sarah-macdiarmid-and-joanne-ratcliffe-push-for-1m-rewards-to-solve-murders/story-fnii5sms-1226949447314


Daryl Floyd believes brother Terry Floyd's body was hidden in mine shaft

You would want a brother like Daryl Floyd if you ever went missing.
He has devoted decades of his life to trying to find his older brother Terry's body.
Mr Floyd has also done his own detective work to try to establish who abducted and murdered the then 12-year-old Terry Floyd in 1975.
He believes Terry's body is at the bottom of an old gold mine and that convicted paedophile Raymond Jones put it there.
Information gathered during the past 18 months has convinced Mr Floyd that a friend of Jones knows Jones did it and helped Jones cover up the crime.
He has passed that evidence to the homicide squad and detectives are actively pursuing it.
Mr Floyd had discovered both Jones and his friend are very familiar with the Morning Star mine at Bung Bong Hill, near Avoca, which is where he thinks Terry's body is.

Terrence Floyd

That, and other evidence, convinced Mr Floyd to start excavating the mine, which was filled in several years ago.
He has spent more than $50,000 of his own money on the excavation since the Herald Sun first revealed in September 2010 that the dig was about to start, following the discovery of new evidence suggesting Terry's body had been thrown down the mine.
Victoria Police chipped in a further $50,000 and a group of supporters have raised about another $6000 through raffles and other events.
With the $50,000 from Victoria Police spent and his savings exhausted, Mr Floyd had to stop the search in March last year.
Mr Floyd, who was 10 when his older brother disappeared, continued lobbying for help and his personal approach to Police Minister Peter Ryan hit a nerve, as well as paydirt.
Mr Ryan donated $25,000 in December last year, enabling excavation work to start again in late January.
Police consider paedophile Jones to be the prime suspect in the disappearance of Terry, but they don't have enough evidence to charge him.
Legal constraints prevent the Herald Sun from being able to reveal details of some of the evidence against Jones.
Jones was out on bail when Terry disappeared on June 28, 1975. He was later convicted of indecently assaulting a boy in a Ballarat toilet block and jailed for two years.
Jones drove a fawn Holden panel van at the time and has admitted to police that he was on the Pyrenees Highway, travelling from Avoca to Maryborough, at the time Terry was seen waiting for a lift on the highway.
Three witnesses have told police they saw a vehicle similar to Jones's panel van near the boy.
The mine being excavated is very near where a witness saw a parked van matching the description of Jones's vehicle.
Jones, 60, has told the Herald Sun he wasn't involved in Terry's disappearance and has nothing to fear from the search for Terry's body and renewed police interest in him as a suspect.
"I've just about had a bellyfull of it all. I'm not going to just elaborate on anything," Jones said.
"I've bloody got nothing to hide, it's just that I'm bloody that sick of it all. I had nothing to do with it."
Mr Floyd believes Jones saw Terry by the side of the Pyrenees Highway and stopped to offer him a lift.
"Jones, by his own admission in his statement to police, was on the road where Terry was standing at the time Terry was waiting for a lift home," he said.
"Jones says he didn't see a young boy standing on the side of the road, yet you can't miss a young boy in that situation - especially when you are a known paedophile like Jones.''
While Victoria Police agrees with Mr Floyd that Jones is the prime suspect, it doesn't consider the information gathered by Mr Floyd about the possible burial site is strong enough for it to organise and entirely fund the excavation of the mine.
"I can understand the point they are coming from,'' Mr Floyd said.
"But at the same time there is enough circumstantial evidence that suggests that my brother is down this particular shaft.
"So I think, on that information alone that yeah, maybe there should be a little bit more being done, but you have to go with the hand you are dealt with.
"We will continue as far as we can with the amount of funds that we do have available. We will get the job done and then if Terry is not down there a chapter in our life is closed.
"We can move on, we know that he's not there and we don't have to keep thinking any more what it was like to be down there."
While Mr Floyd thinks Victoria Police should contribute more to the excavation, he has nothing but praise for veteran homicide squad detective Ron Iddles.
Det-Sen-Sgt Iddles has been working closely with Mr Floyd and assisted Mr Floyd to get permission to carry out the search.
"I never can speak highly enough of Ron,'' Mr Floyd said.
"Ron Iddles has been probably my strength and everything for me to keep going to do this.
"The guy himself is just an inspiration in what he does personally. I hope he never, ever retires or finishes from the homicide squad."
Apart from keeping the Floyd investigation open and active, including currently following up new information, Det-Sen-Sgt Iddles, in his own time, travelled up to Albury to be the guest speaker at a fundraiser for the excavation, raising several thousand dollars.
If the search finds Terry's body, or any other evidence, then Sen-Sgt Iddles will arrange forensic tests through Victoria Police and will follow up the leads.
"A conviction would be absolutely brilliant, that would be the pinnacle for us," Mr Floyd said.
"But the bottom line for me is to find my brother's body and give him a proper burial. He would be buried with his parents out at the Maryborough cemetery".
The Floyd brother's mother Dorothy died 12 years to the day after Terry disappeared.
She had a brain tumour and was in a coma, but survived several days longer than her specialist predicted and died on the anniversary of Terry's disappearance.
"I like to personally think in my heart that Mum passed away on that day because she was being reunited and that she's back with Terry," Mr Floyd said.
Victoria Police offered a $100,000 reward in 2010 in the hope of catching Terry's killer - and it is still available.
Anyone with information should ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Herald Sun (10-3-2012)
Keith Moor
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/true-crime-scene/daryl-floyd-believes-brother-terry-floyds-body-was-hidden-in-mine-shaft/story-fnat7dag-1226295360724


Suspects of interest in the Floyd case

Police offered a $5000 reward on January 30, 1976, for information about Terry Floyd’s disappearance.
The figure of the reward remained the same for more than 34 years.
Police launched a new appeal for information in December 2010, lifting the reward to $100,000 for information that would solve the mystery case.
Detectives spoke with more than 200 people before a Coronial inquest in 2001.
Coroner Francis Hender found on November 29, 2001, that Terry had died from unknown causes at an unknown place and an unknown time.
Two men have been central in the police investigation.
The first was Francis Robert Drake, a trainer with the Maryborough Rovers and also known as the “Unc”.
Drake, a convicted paedophile who detailed other incidents with young boys in a police interview, was initially thought to have abducted, abused and killed Terry.
Investigators believe Terry told people the Unc was going to pick him up at 4.30pm and drive him back to Maryborough.
Further investigations later found Drake was at his sister’s place when Terry is believed to have disappeared.
“If it wasn’t for Terry being 10 minutes late to the pick-up point, none of this would have happened,” Daryl Floyd said.
A second convicted paedophile, Raymond Kenneth Jones, is another person police believe might have played a role in Terry’s disappearance.
Jones, who now lives near Mildura, served time for indecently assaulting a boy in a Ballarat toilet block.
Investigation records show renowned forensic psychiatrist Alan Bartholomew identified Jones had issues with young boys and potential murderer characteristics in 1975.
Dr Bartholomew twice interviewed Jones in prison after he was charged for the Ballarat incident.
His report, which went to the County Court a month after Terry’s disappearance, stated “the fact must remain that the prisoner is potentially dangerous and likely to remain so for some time”.
Jones was on bail, staying at Maryborough and drove a 1969 fawn-coloured Holden panel van at the time of Terry’s disappearance.

Bendigo Advertiser (5-2-2012)
http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/suspects-of-interest-in-the-floyd-case/2443996.aspx


State Government backs plea to help find missing schoolboy Terry Floyd

Victoria Police recently told Terry's brother, Daryl Floyd, that it would not provide any more money to excavate the mine shaft where Mr Floyd believes his brother's body was dumped 36 years ago.
Mr Floyd then made an emotional plea to Police Minister Ryan, who told him that the State Government would provide $25,000 towards the cost of further excavating the old gold mine, near Avoca.
Terry Floyd, 12, disappeared while hitchhiking from Avoca to Maryborough in 1975, and police believe he was murdered.
Victoria Police ruled out paying the entire cost of the excavation because it did not consider information gathered by Daryl Floyd about the possible burial site was strong enough.
In a letter to Mr Floyd, Mr Ryan praised him for his tenacious search.
"The disappearance of your brother 36 years ago was understandably a terribly distressing experience for you and your family and I respect and admire your determination in endeavouring to find out what happened," Mr Ryan said.
"In regard to the excavation of the Morning Star mine shaft, I note that in addition to your significant personal contribution, police have assisted the search with a grant of $50,000.
"Victoria Police advises that this assistance was provided as a measure of goodwill, and not because it considers there was evidence to support the contention that your brother's body was placed in that particular location.
"With the greatest of respect to you, your deceased brother and your family, I feel obliged to indicate that this additional funding represents the full extent to which the Government is able to assist in your very worthwhile initiative."
Victoria Police withdrew from the excavation in December last year after excavators unearthed a magazine dated the year of Terry Floyd's disappearance.
But Mr Floyd has used his own money to continue and has found strong evidence that they need to dig deeper to reach the 1975 mark.

Herald Sun (13-12-2011)
Keith Moor
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/state-government-backs-plea-to-help-find-missing-schoolboy-terry-floyd/story-fn7x8me2-1226221039426


Threat over hunt for boy's body
Homicide squad detectives consider Raymond Kenneth Jones the main suspect in the murder of Terry Floyd, 12.
Homicide squad detectives consider Raymond Kenneth Jones the main suspect in the murder of Terry Floyd, 12

THE brother of a schoolboy who disappeared in 1975 has been told to "pull your head in".
Daryl Floyd recently discovered fresh clues suggesting a filled-in gold mine shaft near Avoca should be further excavated to see if his brother's body is down there.
He also claims to have new evidence that may link convicted paedophile Raymond Kenneth Jones to the area around the partly dug-up mine shaft.
The Herald Sun revealed in September that homicide squad detectives consider Jones the main suspect in the murder of Terry, 12.
Victoria Police has increased the reward for information leading to the discovery of Terry's body from $5000 to $100,000. It also has contributed about $75,000 to the cost of the excavation, organised by Mr Floyd, who has already spent $50,000 of his own money on it.
Mr Floyd has been doing his own detective work and has spoken to people who claim Jones was familiar with the area around the mine.
But Mr Floyd said he had recently been warned by one of Jones's closest associates.
"He (the associate) rang me and threatened that if I continued down this line I will pay the price," Mr Floyd said. "You have to wonder what he fears we will find down that shaft."
Excavation has halted at the 52-metre mark. Mr Floyd has run out of money, and Victoria Police's contribution has also been spent.
But he is determined to keep digging until he reaches the bottom.
"I can't stop now. I have to know, for my own peace of mind, whether Terry is down there or not," he said.
"It is 36 years on June 28 since Terry disappeared. So if his body is down the mine shaft, then 1975 would have been the year it was dumped.
"We have found margarine containers dated 1982 and 1983, which is a good indication we haven't reached the 1975 mark," Mr Floyd said.
The Herald Sun has donated advertising space to Mr Floyd, so he can thank those who've donated cash, equipment and services, and so he can appeal for more help.
Legal constraints prevent the Herald Sun from being able to reveal details of some of the evidence in the case.
There is insufficient evidence to charge Jones, 59, with murder, but the homicide squad inquiry continues.
Jones has told the Herald Sun he wasn't involved in Terry's disappearance and has nothing to fear from the new search for Terry's body.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Herald Sun (26-6-2011)
Keith Moor
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/threat-over-hunt-for-boys-body/story-fn6bqphm-1226082486275


Police offer reward in teen disappearance

THE mother of a 17-year-old who disappeared from his Cranbourne home in 2003 believes her son's case is finally being given the respect it deserves.
Jo-Ann Adams also called on whoever was involved in the suspected murder of her son Gary to "grow some balls" and come forward.
Victoria Police announced a $100,000 reward today for information concerning Gary Adams.
Detective Inspector John Potter said police had leads in the case, which is being treated as a murder, and hoped the reward would help provide a breakthrough.
"We certainly have a person of interest," Det Insp Potter said.
"We're very confident this reward will assist someone with knowledge of Gary to come forward."
Ms Adams said she had been left to conduct her own inquiries which had also revealed a suspect, but had so far been unable to support her suspicions with facts.
"There have been many times when my son's file wasn't treated with the respect it deserved," she said.
Ms Adams said she last saw her son on December 3 when they put up a Christmas tree together at her graphic design business in Cranbourne.
Gary then went to stay with friends for two days before returning to the family home on December 5.
He didn't see his mother during that visit and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
Ms Adams said her son had no apparent problems and had been looking forward to Christmas, having picked out a new BMX bike he wanted as a present.
He had also left a half-eaten meal in his bedroom and had left the house without a backpack his mother said he took everywhere.
The reward for information about Gary Adams is the latest in a string of inducements to be offered by Victoria Police in relation to old crimes.
Among them is the disappearance in 1975 of 12-year-old Terrence Floyd from Maryborough in central Victoria and the murder in 1990 of 15-year-old Fiona Burns.

AAP (11-2-2011)
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/police-offer-reward-in-teen-disappearance/story-e6frfku0-1226004492753


Missing boy mystery still

TWENTY-SIX years after the disappearance of a Maryborough boy, new evidence has surfaced this week which could yet lead to a conviction in the case.
An inquest at Melbourne Coroners Court yesterday heard how police were continuing to interview witnesses this week about the disappearance of 12-year-old Terry James Floyd, who was last seen at the intersection of the Sunraysia and Pyrenees Highways near Avoca on Saturday, June 28, 1975 about 5pm.
The inquest was told that a man known as "Unc", widely believed to have some involvement in Floyd's disappearance, had been cleared of playing any part.
Homicide Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles told the inquest that Francis Robert Drake, who died in 1991, and believed to be "Unc", had an alibi and that evidence against him was unable to be substantiated.
Det Sen Sgt Iddles said more people were likely to be interviewed following the discovery of the new evidence.
Earlier this year Det Sen Sgt Iddles interviewed Russell Kenneth Jones, who was staying at Maryborough at the time and now lives in Red Cliffs.
Jones was initially interviewed in the days following Floyd's disappearance, admitting he had been in Avoca on the day in question and he had been driving a 1969 Holden panel van, fawn in colour.
"Jones was on bail at the time for offences of indecent assault, as a result of assaulting a young boy in a toilet block in Ballarat," Det Sen Sgt Iddles said.
"He was convicted of this offence and sentenced to two years' imprisonment."
He said on the account given by Jones, there was a strong possibility he would have seen Floyd on June 28, 1975.
Jones was interviewed on May 10 this year, and denied any involvement in the disappearance of Floyd.
Coroner Francis Hender yesterday found Floyd had likely died from unknown causes at an unknown place at an unknown time.
Mr Hender said the inquest could be re-opened if new information came to hand.
Outside court, Det Sen Sgt Iddles said it was still possible that someone could face charges in court.
"There are some other avenues to be explored and I'm confident that I'm going in the right direction."
While the inquest provided some solace for the brothers and sisters of Floyd, they said only locating his body would finally put the matter to rest.
"We want to be able to bury him with our mother and father," sister Sheryl Cain said.
The coroner heard that Terry Floyd was a normal 12-year-old boy attending Maryborough Technical School who argued with his parents from time to time, but was no different to other children of the same age.
His parents, Ken and Dororthy have passed away since Terry's disappearance.
His brother Daryl and sisters Debbie and Sheryl attended yesterday's inquest.
On the day of his disappearance, Floyd had played football with Rovers under-15s at Maryborough's Jubilee Park before being driven from Alma to Avoca by a person he referred to as his uncle.
After playing with friends that afternoon in Avoca, he was taken to the intersection of the Sunraysia and Pyrenees Highways where, according to witnesses, he began to hitchhike to Maryborough.
Three witnesses saw a boy hitchhiking at about 5pm, all of whom also reported seeing a white Holden panel van or utility in the area.
Until this week, no-one had reported seeing Floyd after that time. But Det Sen Sgt Iddles, said another person recently interviewed had claimed to see a boy fitting Floyd's description early on Sunday, June 29.
More than 200 people have been interviewed regarding the disappearance since June 1975.

AAP (30-11-2001)
Andrew Eales

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