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Police offer $1 million reward in bid to solve murder of St Kilda sex worker Tracey Connelly – ABC News

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Updated April 30, 2019 08:17:48

Police have offered a $1 million reward for information that helps solve the 2013 murder of Melbourne sex worker Tracey Connelly, as they continue to hunt for a match for DNA believed to belong to her killer.

Key points:

  • Police are testing DNA believed to belong to her killer against 1,500 people
  • The head of the homicide squad has said solving the murder is “a numbers game” they can win
  • The $1 million reward is being offered for information that results in a conviction

Ms Connelly, 40, was living and working out of a white van in St Kilda when she was found dead by her partner with upper body and facial injuries on July 21, 2013.

Her death prompted candlelit vigils and an outpouring of grief from the city’s sex worker community, who remembered her as “empathetic” and vigilant about her safety.

Nearly six years on, the head of Victoria Police’s homicide squad said police were committed to bringing Ms Connelly “the justice she deserves”.

“I can absolutely assure Tracey’s loved ones — along with the person responsible for her death — that the Homicide Squad remains committed to this investigation,” Detective Inspector Tim Day said in a statement.

Ms Connelly was last seen at 11:30pm the night before her body was found, and police believe she returned to her van on Greeves Street sometime between 2:00am and 2:30am.

The $1 million reward will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Murder still ‘solvable’

Detectives took a DNA sample from the crime scene that they believe belongs to her killer, but have so far been unable to find a match among the 1,500 DNA samples collected as part of the investigation.

Inspector Day said police still believed the murder was “solvable” and DNA technology was rapidly improving.

“It’s a numbers game in some ways, and one we absolutely believe we can win,” he said.

“I hope whoever is responsible for Tracey’s death thinks about it every day; I hope it weighs heavily on their mind along with the expectation that one day, police are going to catch up with them.”

He acknowledged people who were in the area on the night of Ms Connelly’s murder may be reluctant to come forward, but hoped the $1 million reward would help persuade them.

“I also understand that some people might feel uncomfortable speaking to police about why they were in the St Kilda area that night, and I can absolutely reassure them that investigators have no interest in that particular aspect,” he said.

Topics: crime, law-crime-and-justice, police, st-kilda-3182, melbourne-3000, vic

First posted April 30, 2019 06:50:49

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