A $250,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of any person responsible for the murder of Wayne Youngkin has been announced today.
Police Minister Mark Ryan approved the reward following extensive investigations into the discovery of Mr Youngkin’s remains in a septic tank at Brighton in November last year.
Sgnificant items of interest including a set of brown car seat covers and a watch belonging to Wayne Youngkin were also located in the tank at the back of a North Street residence.
Minister Ryan said in addition, an appropriate indemnity from prosecution would be considered for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who first gives such information.
“Mr Youngkin went missing in 1986 – that’s over thirty years that his family and friends have been waiting to find out what happened to him,” Minister Ryan said.
“I have approved this reward in the hope that it will prompt someone out there in the community that has been sitting on information about this case for years to finally come forward.
“I want to make it clear though, that this reward will only be paid to someone who was not directly involved in the cime but may have vital information needed for police to solve this case.”
Detective Inspector Tim Trezise said invesitgators were hoping the reward would encourage members of the public to come forward.
“Police are committed to solving this case, and we would urge anyone who may be assisting in keeping the crime a secret to come forward as this is their opportunity to do so with the cance of indemnity,” Detective Inspector Tresize said.
“Police currently have several avenues of investigation which may not have been possible if it weren’t for the assistance of the local community providing valuable information,” he said.
“We would like to hear from anyone who knew Wayne Youngkin or his movements in the early to mid 1980s, no matter how minor it may seem”
Investigators are continuing to appeal for anyone who may recognise the distinctive towlling car seat covers (pictured) or know the vehicle they belong to contact police.
Anyone with further information in relation to this matter is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.