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Sunday, May 26, 2024

$1million reward offered for 40-year-old disappearance

The Western Australian Government has offered a reward of up to $1 million for information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance and suspected homicide of then 12-year-old, Lisa Marie Mott in 1980.

It is hoped the reward might help generate new information and help Police solve the 40-year cold case mystery.

“The success of the Police in the Claremont case shows that with sufficient resources and determination, cold cases can be solved,” said Police Minister, Michelle Roberts.

“Arrests can still be made, even after many years, and convictions secured,” she said.

“Neither the police, nor the Government gives up on any of these cases and we want to encourage the community not to give up either.

“That is why the Government has increased this reward for information, regarding the disappearance and suspected homicide of Lisa Mott.

Ms Mott was last seen in Forrest Street, Collie at 8.30pm on October 30 in 1980. She had just left the local basketball courts and was expecting to be collected by a family friend and taken home.

Lisa was last seen speaking to a person in a yellow panel van in Forrest Street following a basketball game.

Despite extensive enquiries and intense media coverage, the person or persons responsible for Lisa’s disappearance and suspected homicide have not been identified.

“We hope that the announcement of a $1 million reward will encourage someone to come forward with information that can end four decades of heartache for her family,” said Minister Roberts.

She said the Government may be prepared to consider recommending a protection from prosecution, or pardon for any informant with information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance and suspected homicide provided that the informant was not directly responsible for the disappearance and suspected homicide.

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