BY IAN CROUCH
Detectives investigating the murder of Melissa Hunt near Stockrington almost 27 years ago have received fresh information about her death.
The body of the then 22-year-old was found near a weir wall of Burrenjim Dam at Bluegum Creek on Anzac Day 1994.
A post mortem revealed she died from massive head injuries.
A $1 million reward was announced in December last year and detectives received new information.
Unsolved Homicide Squad detectives on Tuesday executed a crime scene warrant at a home at Lambton Road, Waratah, while Police Divers conduct a secondary search of the Burrenjim Dam.
Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said Strike Force Circulo detectives are specifically looking to locate any remaining forensic evidence that could assist the investigation.
“This Sunday marks the 27th anniversary of Melissa’s murder and detectives are hopeful that the new information we have received, together with today’s searches, will progress the investigation,” Det Supt Doherty said.
“Police are exploring a number of new lines of inquiry, including whether Melissa regularly attended a home at Waratah and if a domestic incident took place at the residence prior to her death.
“Detectives are also continuing to liaise with interstate law enforcement partners to make contact with associates and witnesses, who are now residing in other states – including South Australia, Queensland and Victoria – to ensure no stone is left unturned.
“As our investigations into Melissa’s death continue, we are urging anyone with information to contact police so we may provide much-needed answers to Melissa’s family,” Det Supt Doherty said.