Big reward offered in cold case murder north of Brisbane

$250,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information that leads to a conviction of someone for the murder of a man at Brighton, north of Brisbane.

Police Minister Mark Ryan approved the reward after Wayne Youngkin’s remains were found in a septic tank in November last year.  It is believed he was killed over 30 years ago after he went missing in 1986.

Items including a set of brown car seat covers and a watch belonging to Mr Youngkin were also located in the tank at the back of a North Street residence.


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Minister Ryan said in addition, the person who provides that vital clue would not be prosecuted as long as they weren’t the murderer.

“I have approved this reward in the hope that it will prompt someone out there in the community that has been sitting on information about this case for years to finally come forward.

“I want to make it clear though, that this reward will only be paid to someone who was not directly involved in the cime but may have vital information needed for police to solve this case.”

Detective Inspector Tim Trezise said invesitgators were hoping the reward would encourage members of the public to come forward.

“Police are committed to solving this case, and we would urge anyone who may be assisting in keeping the crime a secret to come forward as this is their opportunity to do so with the cance of indemnity,” Detective Inspector Tresize said.

“Police currently have several avenues of investigation which may not have been possible if it weren’t for the assistance of the local community providing valuable information,” he said.

“We would like to hear from anyone who knew Wayne Youngkin or his movements in the early to mid 1980s, no matter how minor it may seem”

Investigators are continuing to appeal for anyone who may recognise the distinctive towelling car seat covers (pictured) or know the vehicle they belong to contact police.  They were found inside the septic tank.

Brown car seat covers PHOTO QPS

Detectives have released a number of images as part of an on-going investigation into the cold case murder of Wayne Youngkin.

Below is a new image of Wayne and a friend.

Wayne Youngkin and friend PHOTO QPS

Detective Inspector Tim Trezise said it was hoped that these new images, plus the reward of $250,000 announced by the Police Minister would generate new leads as the investigation continues into Mr Youngkin’s murder.

“Over the past seven months, we have made several significant discoveries relating to Mr Youngkin, including the car seat covers and a watch believed to have belonged to him,” Detective Inspector Tim Trezise.

“We hope that these enhanced images of the car seat covers might jog someone’s memory. We are trying to find out their origin and speak with anyone who may have had those car seat covers at the time.

“We are also continuing to investigate known associates of Mr Youngkin and are urging anyone who may have known him or has knowledge of his movements throughout the early to mid-1980s to come forward.

“Even if the information may seem minor to you, it could play a significant part in progressing the investigation and building a complete picture about his murder.”

If you have information please phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.