Minister for Police Michael Daley today announced that the NSW Government would offer a $100,000 reward for information relating to the disappearance of 10 year old Bradford Pholi in 1982.
Mr Daley said the reward offer came ahead of the final day of the coronial inquest into Bradford's disappearance and presumed murder.
"Bradford was last seen leaving his home in Warwick Road, Dundas, on Boxing Day 1982," he said.
"He was heading to Eastwood Train Station to go to his aunt's house in Newtown, but never made it.
"His mother, who died in 1986, and an unidentified man reported him missing at Eastwood Police Station.
"Police believe that Bradford never made it to the station, but he can't have vanished without a trace. (View Map)
"I hope that this reward offer will encourage anyone who lived in the Dundas, Carlingford, Eastwood, Parramatta, Ryde or West Epping areas in 1982-83 to think back to that day and contact Police if they remember seeing Bradford walking along their street.
"It was Boxing Day, someone must have seen Bradford walking alone as they were putting the rubbish out or trying out their Christmas gifts in the front yard.
"His brother Bernie and sister Anita, then aged 11 and 13 respectively, have spent 27 years wondering what happened to their little brother - they deserve closure," Mr Daley said.
Rosehill Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Darren Newman welcomed the NSW Government reward offer.
"I would ask anyone who saw Bradford that day to contact us, so his surviving relatives can know the truth," he said.
"Cold cases are difficult to solve, but the passage of time and this reward offer may encourage someone with a guilty conscience or someone who may have been told something about the disappearance to come forward.
"I would like to speak to anyone that may have knowledge of individuals living in that local area at that time who displayed unusual behaviour particularly towards children.
"There is no doubt someone has either direct or indirect knowledge about this disappearance," Mr Newman said.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information will be treated as strictly confidential and may be given at any time of the day or night.
Deputy State Coroner Milovanovich will be releasing his findings into the disappearance and presumed murder of Bradford Pholi on Thursday 17th December 2009.
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