Reward for information that solves murder cases

Published: 15 May 2018

The NSW Police Force has set up a Strike Force Auris to investigate 500 cold homicide cases and is seeking information from the public.

A reward of up to $1 million is available for information that leads to an arrest and helps the NSW Police Force solve the 1974 murder of Maria Smith.

Police would like to speak to anyone who lived in the Maria Smith’s unit block – 14-20 St Marks Road Randwick – in early 1974.

Police will also re-interview various people including friends and work colleagues.

Rewards for unsolved crimes are used as part of an investigative strategy and are not appropriate for every case.

This is only the second time a $1 million reward has been offered in NSW to help solve a crime and the first time since the new rewards system was announced in December 2017.

The first $1 million reward offered by the NSW Government was for information that leads to the recovery of William Tyrell, who disappeared at the age of three on 12 September 2014.

Minister for Police Troy Grant welcomed the reward for the unsolved murder of Maria Smith and encouraged anyone with information on the case to come forward.

“No matter how long a case goes unsolved, the family and friends of the victim have to live with their grief as well as the knowledge that justice has not been served,” Mr Grant said.

“At the time of her murder, Maria was 20 years old and had only recently been married. It’s time to give her family and loved ones closure."

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said original investigators had a number of possible theories about the motives of Maria’s killer, including links to the murder of Lynette White.

“Having reviewed both cases, we are now conducting separate investigations into each of these matters,” Mr Cook said.

Police urge anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Auris investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.

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