Current Beating murder of Melissa Hunt - Hunter region NSW * $1 million reward

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A $1 million reward has been posted for information into the murder of Melissa Hunt, more than 26 years ago.

The body of Melissa Hunt, then aged 22, was found near the weir wall of Burrenjim Dam, Bluegum Creek via Stockrington, on Monday 25 April 1994.
A post mortem examination revealed she died from severe head injuries.

Following a Coronial Inquest in 1998, the matter was sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for review and referred to the Unsolved Homicide Unit.

A formal review of the investigation was conducted under the new unsolved framework and is now under reinvestigation by detectives attached to Strike Force Circulo.

As inquiries continue, police are renewing their appeal to the community to come forward with any information that may assist detectives with their investigation.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, said he hopes the $1 million NSW Government incentive will bring detectives a step closer to finding answers for Melissa’s family.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said Strike Force Circulo investigators have conducted a thorough review of the case to explore all possible lines of inquiry.
“In October this year, officers returned to the Burrenjim Dam with specialist police from the Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command to conduct a full review of the original crime scene,” Det Supt Doherty said.

Items of interest that were recovered during initial inquiries have also undergone further forensic testing, to ensure every avenue of investigation is identified and pursued.

“Detectives have also been liaising with interstate law enforcement partners as we believe there are associates and witnesses residing in other states – including Queensland, Victoria and South Australia – that are yet to come forward and speak with police.
“As inquiries into Melissa’s death continue, detectives are urging anyone with information to contact police so we may provide much-needed answers and closure for Melissa’s family,” Det Supt Doherty said.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Circulo detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

Via NSW Police social media.
 

Kurve

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Melissa had only been married for six weeks, 22 years old. The Newcastle area is where Milat is suspected of being responsible for some missing and murdered women, he was arrested one month after Melissa was found.

Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said police are re-interviewing a number of people who were under investigation at the time of Ms Hunt's death, including her husband at the time.

 

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