The NSW Government has announced a $250,000 reward for information that may assist identify the driver of a vehicle that hit and killed a 15-year-old boy in the state’s south west just over two years ago.
About 1.30am on Wednesday 19 December 2018, emergency services were called to River Road, Wantabadgery, about 40km east of Wagga Wagga, after a passing motorist saw a person lying on the road.
The driver stopped to render assistance and discovered it was the body of a teenage boy.
The body has since been identified as 15-year-old Braydon Worldon from Wantabadgery.
Strike Force Dunstable was established by detectives from Riverina Police District to investigate the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death. They’ve confirmed Braydon was last seen alive during the evening of Tuesday 18 December 2018. Investigations lead police to believe he may have been hit by a heavy vehicle fitted with a bull bar, travelling along River Road. Braydon was believed to be on foot and walking near his grandfather’s house.
Police are seeking any information from the public in relation to heavy vehicles that use River Road, Wantabadgery as well as those that may have been in the Wantabadgery area on the night of the incident (Tuesday 18 December 2018).
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, said he hopes this reward will help encourage anyone with information to come forward and assist police find much needed answers for the family and friends of Braydon.
“This young man had a life ahead of him that was tragically cut short In December 2018. I hope that the NSW Government’s $250,000 reward could be the incentive that is needed to encourage people to come forward and report to police to help find answers for Braydon’s family,” said Minister Elliott.
“Any information, no matter how small, could be the piece that police need to solve this case.”
Riverina Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Adrian Telfer, said police are leaving no stone unturned.
“We are continuing to follow up on information provided by the public as well as our own avenues of investigation,” Det Insp Telfer said.
“We believe that someone in the community might hold that vital information which will help us provide answers to Braydon’s mother, Crystal, and the rest of his family regarding the circumstances of Braydon’s death.
“Any information that can be provided by the public is invaluable,” he said.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.