Reward for Mackay info doubles
A reward of $200,000 is available for information that leads to the body of murdered Griffith man Donald Mackay.
Investigators have long believed Mr Mackay’s body was dumped in the Murray River near Tocumwal following his murder in Griffith in the 1970s.
NSW Police made the reward announcement on Friday, saying new information had been received ‘‘in recent times’’.
Mr Mackay, 43, disap- peared from a Griffith hotel carpark on July 15, 1977.
Blood and bullet cartridges were discovered near Mr Mackay’s locked van.
While no trace of Mr Mackay has since been found, many long-term investigators believe his body was weighed down and dropped into the Murray River, near Tocumwal, on the night he was killed.
According to The Age newspaper, Mr Mackay believed he was a marked man after details of his assistance in a marijuana bust came to light.
Mr Mackay contacted drug squad detectives in 1975 and the squad used his Griffith furniture store as their secret headquarters for an operation that led to what was then the biggest cannabis bust in Australia’s history.
Mr Mackay’s involvement was revealed when a group of men were brought to trial.
A coronial inquest concluded that Mr Mackay was murdered, and hitman James Bazley served time for conspiring with two other men to kill Mr Mackay.
However, The Age reports that Bazley maintains he did not kill Mr Mackay, and claimed some years ago that the killer was a NSW policeman, Fred Krahe, who died decades ago.
A Royal Commission named six men who may have ordered the killing, but no-one has ever been charged with the murder.
However, the reward is simply for information that leads to Mr Mackay’s remains.
Griffith Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Michael Rowan, said phone calls started coming in on Friday after the reward was doubled.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Griffith Local Area Command on (02) 6969 4310 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.