Reward doubled to $200,000 as investigators renew appeal into the death of Rachelle Childs

Rachelle Childs
Rachelle Childs

Homicide Squad detectives investigating the death of 23-year-old Rachelle Childs on the NSW South Coast 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for information.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher, has announced that the $100,000 reward on offer to solve the crime has been doubled to $200,000.

Rachelle Child's partially-burned body was located in a shallow ditch off Crooked River Road, near the town of Gerroa, on the morning of Friday 8 June 2001.

Despite exhaustive inquiries by detectives and a Coronial Inquest into Rachelle's death, the person responsible has never been located.

"This was a deeply shocking incident that left a small town reeling and we need the community's help to solve this crime," said the acting Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Sheehy.

"We still haven't been able to confirm what happened to Rachelle that Friday morning or what her movements were the night before, but we do know she was supposed to meet someone at the Bargo Hotel."

"In addition, her vehicle was found secure in the car park of the Bargo Hotel after her body was located."

Det Supt Sheehy added that Rachelle was well-liked within the community. "She was a trusting and caring woman who excelled in her career as a car saleswoman and also represented NSW Cricket," he said.

"Someone out there knows what happened to Rachelle and we need them to come forward so we can solve this matter and give closure to Rachelle's family."

The reward of up to $200,000 is payable for information that leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Rachelle's death.


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