Rifle owners step up to help in cold case
A NUMBER of gun owners in possession of a distinctive rifle have come forward to check if their firearm is linked to one of the region’s most baffling cold cases.
In an exclusive story in the Townsville Bulletin yesterday, investigators revealed they were searching for a Voere .22 calibre bolt- action rifle linked with missing – and presumed murdered – hitchhiker Tony Jones.
Mr Jones vanished without a trace in November 1982 and police believe he was carrying a Voere rifle at the time of his disappearance.
Senior Sergeant John Mahoney said several people had presented to Townsville police stations with Voere rifles yesterday, but so far none had matched the undisclosed serial number belonging to Mr Jones’ gun.
He also revealed that Crime Stoppers had also received further calls about the case from the public.
Police believe the Voere rifle could hold the key to unlocking the mystery that has baffled locals for more than three decades.
If you, or someone you know, has a Voere .22 calibre bolt- action rifle, contact your local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.