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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 Morcombe.
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.

AAP (26-8-2005)
Rosemary Odgers

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