Crime Stoppers WA has been working closely with the WA Police Force Special Crime Division to update its online holdings regarding long term missing persons and cold case homicide cases.

Regular readers of The West Australian’s weekly Crime Stoppers page will know the primary function is to seek public assistance regarding active and contemporary investigations into crimes that occur in the community.

In addition to this volume of work and as part of ongoing enhancements to the Crime Stoppers WA website, WA Police Force have reviewed historic matters for inclusion on the website.

“This is complex work which involves a review of materials previously released and contact with victims’ families,” Special Crime Division Detective Inspector Garry Nicolau said.

“This important work is ongoing, and we are hopeful that bringing historic matters onto a modern, digital platform may present new investigative opportunities.”

In October 2018, the State Government announced an overhaul of the rewards system for unsolved homicides and disappearances in Western Australia. This included increasing rewards on several unsolved matters to $250,000.

There are now also $250,000 rewards attached to solving a number of cold case homicides, including the suspected murders of Sarah McMahon in 2000 and Andrew Podpinka in 1999, the disappearance of teenage cousins Raelene Eaton and Yvonne Waters in 1974, and the mysterious case of an unidentified male body found in Chidlow in 1978.

Other historic matters to attract a $250,000 reward include the cases of Julie Cutler and Lisa Brown.

The historic case of Lisa Govan attracts a $1,000,000 reward, increased from $250,000.

“We never give up on these cold cases and we’re hopeful that initiatives such as the Crime Stoppers WA website upgrade and the overhauled rewards system may help us find breakthroughs in these significant matters,” Det-Insp. Nicolau said.

To look at these cases, please copy and paste this link in your browser:

https://www.crimestopperswa.com.au/unsolved-cases-category/cold-cases/

If you have any information in relation to any of the cold cases, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online below. All reports to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously if you wish and rewards are available.

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