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Monday, June 24, 2024

Police release image of man wanted in relation to 1994 disappearance of model

NSW Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to as part of ongoing investigations into the disappearance of model and dance teacher, Revelle Balmain, more than 26 years ago.

Ms Balmain, then aged 22, was last seen in the Kingsford area on Saturday, November 5, 1994.

Her personal property – including a make-up bag, keys and a shoe – was later found scattered near Ainslie Street.

Ms Balmain was reported missing later that evening and has not been seen or heard from since.

Despite extensive investigations by local police at the time and over the years, no one has been charged in relation to her disappearance.

A Coronial Inquest in 1999 found that Revelle had died at the hands of a person or persons unknown, and the matter was referred to the Unsolved Homicide Unit for future investigation.

Last year, a formal review of the case was conducted under the new unsolved framework and assigned to a senior detective from the Central Metropolitan Region for re-investigation under Strike Force Aramac.

In May this year, a $1 million reward was announced by the NSW Government, as part of a renewed appeal to the community to come forward with any information that may assist investigators with their inquiries into Ms Balmain’s disappearance.

Following the public appeal, police received several reports from the community relevant to the investigations and are in the process of assessing the information and identifying all lines of possible further inquiry.

As part of these ongoing inquiries, police have released an image of a man they wish to identify, and who may have information relating to Revelle’s last known movements prior to her disappearance.

Strike Force Aramac lead investigator, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said the image was sent through to investigators anonymously following the reward announcement.

“It is believed that this image was taken some time in the mid-2000s, but that the individual depicted may have information that would help us progress our investigation,” Det Ch Insp Bell said.

“It is our hope that someone in the community may recognise this man so we can speak with him and ensure all possible avenues of inquiry are followed through.

“As always, we continue to encourage anyone in the public that may have information about Revelle’s disappearance to come forward and speak with police, so that we may finally provide answers to her family,” Det Ch Insp Bell said.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Aramac detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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