It’s hoped a healthy reward will help NSW Police solve a 23 year cold case.
$100,000 is now on offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the unsolved murder of Graham Bourke.
The then 44-year-old was last seen alive on Monday 25 October 1993 at a friend’s butchery at Mona Vale in northern Sydney.
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He was reported missing five days later when he failed to turn up to a planned visit with his ex-wife and 10-year-old daughter.
On 29 November Mr Bourke’s body was found in the boot of his car, which was parked on Sherbrook Road, Hornsby.
He had been shot and his throat was cut.
No one has ever been charged with his murder.
The Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide Team has established Strike Force Dalgetty to investigate Mr Bourke’s death, and has welcomed the Government reward.
“We are currently re-examining physical evidence using current forensic technology,” Detective Chief Inspector John Lehmann said.
“We believe there are people out there who know those responsible for Mr Bourke’s death, and we’re hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police,” Det Ch Insp Lehmann added.
“Graham was a well-liked; he was a butcher, had many friends and was close to his family, especially his daughter, Lee.
“While we don’t know why he was targeted, we do believe he knew his killer or killers.
“Investigators have followed lines of inquiry throughout Australia, and we are committed to resolving this case and bringing those responsible for a man’s violent death to justice, but we can’t do it without assistance from the community.”
Mr Bourke’s daughter, Lee, also pleaded for information.
“The death of a family member is always hard, but knowing that someone took my dad’s life, as if he didn’t matter, is heartbreaking,” Lee said.
“There is someone out there who has information about his death but, unfortunately, their conscience has not been enough to get them to contact police.
“On behalf of my family, I sincerely hope this reward is the motivation to contact police and provide the critical information needed to bring Dad’s murderer to justice.”
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting.