Re­ward for Mackay info dou­bles

Southern Riverina news - - News -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.