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$1 million reward for information into 1994 murder of Melissa Hunt

A $1 million NSW Government reward will be offered for information into the murder of Melissa Hunt, which occurred in the Hunter more than 26 years ago.

NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, joined by Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty and Ms Hunt’s brother Peter Hallett, made the announcement at the Curtis Cheng Centre – NSW Police Headquarters in Parramatta this morning (Wednesday 9 December).

The body of Melissa, then aged 22, was found near the weir wall of Burrenjim Dam, Bluegum Creek via Stockrington, on Monday 25 April 1994.

A post mortem examination revealed she died from severe head injuries.

Strike Force Impey, comprised of detectives from the Lake Macquarie Police District and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, was formed to investigate her death.

However, no arrests have been made.

The matter was referred to the Unsolved Homicide Unit following a coronial Inquest in 1998 and is now under reinvestigation by detectives attached to Strike Force Circulo.

As inquiries continue, police are renewing their appeal to the community to come forward with any information that may assist detectives with their investigation.

More to come.