A $250,000 reward has been offered for information into the suspicious disappearance of Gold Coast woman Marion Barter.
The 51-year-old was last seen at a bus stop in Southport on June 22, 1997, the same day she left Australia for a working holiday to England.
An inquest into the former teacher’s disappearance on Monday heard that before leaving, Ms Barter had already changed her name to Florabella Natalia Marion Remakel without telling anyone.
The inquest was also told that Ms Barter had secretly returned to Australia about a month after leaving the country and that
Since her disappearance, NSW Police Force investigators have conducted “extensive inquiries” both in Australia and overseas in an effort to locate her.
Despite these efforts, she has never been found.
In a bid to finally work out what happened, a $250,000 NSW Government reward will today be announced as part of a renewed appeal to the community to come forward with any information that may assist detectives with their inquiries.
The inquest into Ms Barter’s disappearance is expected to continue for two weeks.