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$500k reward remains for cyclist shooting mystery

Six years after cyclist, Kelvin Tennant, was critically injured and left for dead in the state’s north east, detectives from the Armed Crime Squad are again appealing for public assistance to solve one of the mystery.

Mr Tennant was riding along the Myrtleford-Everton Rail Trail when he was shot a number of times around midday on Saturday 18 February, 2017.

Police believe the shooter left the area in a dark-coloured sedan.

The then 72-year-old was found lying unconscious on the bike trail with gunshot wounds to his head and chest by two passing cyclists, who thankfully called for an ambulance.

Mr Tennant was then airlifted to The Alfred hospital in a life-threatening condition and took months to recover from his injuries.

Six years on, he is still experiencing issues with his eyesight and hearing due to the shooting.

“Even though six years have passed since the shooting occurred, detectives are still keen to speak to anyone who may have information about who was responsible for the shooting and why,” said Detective Acting Senior Sergeant, Brad Potts.

“This took place in a small, fairly close knit area and we’re hopeful that over the years someone may have found out something about this incident and be ready to share it with police.

“Kelvin was simply out enjoying a bike ride along a beautiful regional trail when someone has tried to kill him, and we’ve never been able to uncover any possible motive for this.

“He loved the area and loved to ride his bike, and there is no way he would have expected this ride to end like this.

“I know every investigator who worked on this matter over the years would love to see it solved – not only to provide justice to Kelvin and his family, but also to find out the mystery of why this shooting occurred.”

A significant investigation by detectives from the Armed Crime Squad has taken place in the years since the incident occurred, with police continuing to travel to the area in the hopes of one day finding answers for Mr Tennant and his family.

Despite this, detectives have still not been able to determine why he was targeted.

In May 2019, Victoria Police also announced a $500,000 reward for information in the hope it would encourage someone to come forward with information.

That reward remains on offer.

While the shooting occurred in a relatively remote area, it is a popular location for visitors to the Great Alpine Road area, including the townships of Myrtleford and Bright.

The Myrtleford-Everton Rail Trail also attracts hundreds of cyclists during the warmer weather.

Investigators still believe it is possible that an interstate visitor on holidays in north-eastern Victoria that weekend has seen something, but doesn’t realise that what they know could be important.

Police remain keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity or passed through the Everton area on the weekend of 18 February in 2017.

A reward of up to $500,000 will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.

In appropriate cases, the Director of Public Prosecutions may consider, according to established guidelines, the granting of indemnification from prosecution to any person who provides information as to the identity of the principal offender or offenders in this matter.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppers.com.au.

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