Reward of $200,000 to solve murders of Bronwynne Richardson

Bronwynne Richardson
Bronwynne Richardson

Minister for Police Michael Daley today announced a $200 000 NSW Government reward in relation to the unsolved murder of 17 year old Bronwynne Richardson more than 36 years ago.

Mr Daley said it is hoped that the reward, an increase on the $50,000 previously offered in 1992, will encourage anyone with information in relation to Ms. Richardson’s abduction and murder to come forward.

“This is a significant reward, however despite more than three decades having passed, police believe there are people out there with information who can be of assistance,” he said.

On the evening of Friday 12 October 1973, Bronwynne Richardson was abducted from a footpath in Smollett Street, Albury.

She was forced into a vehicle and driven to a reserve off the Howlong Road, four miles from Albury where she was sexually assaulted and killed.

Bronwynne’s body was recovered from Horseshoe Lagoon, off the Murray River, on Sunday, 14 October 1973.

In 1975 a coronial inquest found that Ms. Richardson died of strangulation and drowning, but failed to identify any perpetrator.

In 1990, based upon new information, three men were charged in connection with the crime but to date no person has been convicted of Ms. Richardson’s murder.

Mr Daley said that in June 2008 the case was reopened by the Southern Region Unsolved Homicide Team under Strike Force Kulaman.

“Since that time, a large number of original and new witnesses have been interviewed and original evidence including exhibits have been re-examined,” he said.

“Investigators believe specific people have information regarding the murder of Ms. Richardson, but they are reluctant to come forward.

“Ms. Richardson’s family have lived with this tragedy for too long without closure. They have a right to know what happened to their daughter and who was responsible

“I’d encourage anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to come forward. It might just be the missing piece of the puzzle that leads to criminal charges,” Mr Daley said.

Detective Sergeant Steve Morgan of the Southern Region Unsolved Homicide Squad said that police were keen to correct earlier media reports which may have deterred witnesses from coming forward.

“Following the murder, a witness was reported as saying that a red-coloured vehicle being sought in connection with this investigation,” he said.

“We are anxious to remind the public that whilst this witness reported such a vehicle, police would appreciate information from other people who may have seen any vehicle of any colour acting suspiciously in the Smollet Street area of Albury around 7-7.30pm on Friday, 12 October 1973,” he said.

“Detectives are also still seeking information from former patrons who frequented Brady’s Hotel in Smollett Street, Albury, in October, 1973 – not Bromley’s Hotel, as earlier reported,” Mr Morgan said.

The death of Bronwynne Richardson is to go to a further coronial inquest later this year.

Any person who has relevant information to this investigation and has not been in contact with police in recent months is invited to make contact.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Any information will be treated as strictly confidential and can be given at any time of the day or night.

Do you have information that can help police with this case?

Any information you have about this is worth giving to police, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

You can provide information to police via any of the methods below:

Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Your help may give police the clue they need to close this case and provide some comfort for the families of victims.

How to claim your reward

  1. Contact Crime Stoppers or your local Police Station.
  2. Identify yourself and indicate you have information about a crime and that you wish to claim a reward.
  3. You will then be put in contact with a police officer involved in the investigation of that case.