Queensland police are offering $250,000 to solve Novy Chardon’s suspected murder – a decade after an identical reward was offered for Daniel Morcombe.
Queensland police have offered a “get out of jail free” card and a $250,000 reward for an accomplice linked to the disappearance of Novy Chardon.
The Gold Coast mother-of-two went missing in February last year and police suspect she was murdered.
Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said he was pleased with how the investigation was proceeding, but police needed more information before they could arrest someone.
Supt Hutchinson said the maximum $250,000 reward would go to the first person who could provide information leading to an arrest, even an accomplice who did not actually murder the 34-year-old woman.
That person would also receive an indemnity from prosecution, he said.
“If we can utilise this method to gather sufficient evidence to actually put the main perpetrator before the courts, I think that’s a good thing,” Supt Hutchinson told reporters.
“The right person is not talking to us.”
Supt Hutchinson said police had previously interviewed Ms Chardon’s estranged husband John, who recently returned from Indonesia, but detectives had no immediate plans to question him again.
The reward offer comes after police discovered parts of a white ute in a backyard at Mount Nathan, on the Gold Coast hinterland.
Supt Hutchinson said police were still investigating the ute’s links to Ms Chardon’s disappearance.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said rewards had worked before.
“We’ve seem previous investigations where the slightest information has reignited that investigation and it’s all part of the puzzle that fits together,” he said.
In 2004, the Beattie government also offered $250,000 for information that helped solve Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe’s disappearance.
Two Brisbane City Council workers shared a $50,000 reward in 2009 after providing information that lead to the arrest of notorious bikeway rapist Luke Colless.