Reward for unsolved murders info
RECORD numbers of cash rewards are being offered by the NSW Government for information on the state's unsolved murders.
The fourth $100,000 reward to be signed off by Police Minister Mike Gallacher in as many weeks was announced on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for Mr Gallacher said the notable increase this year was partly due to the "significant backlog" of approved but unannounced rewards left behind by the previous State Government but was also a reflective of the proven benefits of incentives in cracking cold cases.
She explained investigating officers applied to a special committee to have their case reviewed and if it was agreed a reward could help, the application was then sent to Mr Gallacher for final approval.
She said Mr Gallacher had never refused to sign-off on an application and "if investigators believe that the announcement of a reward, in relation to an unsolved case, will be of benefit, then the NSW Government is always happy to oblige".
Recently, cash incentives were offered for high profile mysteries including the 1977 murder of Dubbo racing identity Howard Tyrell and the 1997 disappearance of Bathurst teenager Jessica Small.
On Wednesday, police announced a $100,000 reward for information about the stabbing death of popular Sydney touch football referee Wayne Crossingham.
On February 10, 1993, Mr Crossingham was found dead in his Liverpool apartment block.
Detectives believe the 34-year-old was attacked on his walk home from a touch football game he had refereed at Woodward Park earlier that day.
It is also believed Mr Crossingham was known to his killer but police could not make an arrest and, in 1994, a coronial inquest found he was attacked by an "unknown person".
Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.