$100k to help solve murder mystery

POLICE hope a $100,000 reward for information about the murder of a man in NSW's opal country more than 17 years ago will shed new light on the cold case.

On April 23, 1995, Paul Murray's naked body was found in bushland on the outskirts of Lightning Ridge, almost a month after his family had reported him missing.

At the time, it was widely known the 40-year-old owned an opal mining claim about 8kms out of town and lived onsite.

On Tuesday morning, NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher announced the State Government would offer a $100,000 reward for information leading to a murder conviction.

Mr Murray's older sister, Rosemary Pierse, made an emotional for witnesses to help police solve the mystery.

She said her 91-year-old father lived in a nursing home and it would be a "great relief" for him to know what happened to his son before he died.

She described her late brother as a generous and affectionate man who lent money to local families in need and often refused their offers to pay it back.

"The last time I saw him, he was leaving my house to return to Lightning Ridge," Ms Pierse said. "He grabbed me and said, 'Give your brother a cuddle'.

"My three other brothers and I miss him every day."

Mr Murray was last seen alive on March 19, 1995, by a local who gave him a lift and dropped him just outside town.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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