Ri­fle own­ers step up to help in cold case

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

SA­MAN­THA HEALY

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