A $1 million reward has been put up in a bid to help solve the 30-year-old murder mystery of a woman killed in southeast Melbourne.
The body of 25-year-old Michele Brown was found behind a gun shop in Frankston in 1992 and police are again appealing to the public for information to help catch her killer.
Homicide Squad detectives say on March 1, 1992, Ms Brown travelled from her home in Baxter to a friend’s house in Frankston. She never returned.
After calling home to ask her mother to pick her up from Frankston train station, she was seen walking from a Food Plus store on Frankston-Dandenong Road about 7pm.
A taxi driver saw a woman he believed to be Ms Brown near phone boxes at Frankston station between 8pm and 9pm.
A witness, who lived nearby, reported hearing two separate screams shortly after 9pm.
After failing to show up as planned at the train station, Ms Brown was eventually reported missing by her mother on March 13, 1992.
On March 14 her body was discovered in an old shed roughly 400m south of the station.
A cause of death has not yet been determined but police say the circumstances in which her body was found indicate that she was murdered.
Ms Brown’s mother, Jeanette, tearfully recalled her daughter as an elite athlete with a big heart.
“She was a very quiet person, not someone who went to nightclubs – she was family-oriented,” Jeanette said.
“She was a very loving person with a good heart, very loyal. I think sometimes her so-called friends took advantage of her loyalty. We would love for this to be sorted so that we can have peace in our family.”
Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said someone knew something that could help the victim’s family find answers.
“We have a lot of information, That little piece out there might be a bit of the jigsaw puzzle that we need to complete it,” Det Insp Thomas said.
“Hopefully this reward announcement is the impetus for someone to come forward with information, even after all this time, and help police progress the case.”