Detectives hope DNA profile will lead them to homeless man's killer

PLEASE HELP: Dawn Brodie, the sister of murdered man Reginald Mullaly, appeals for information about her brother's death. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 072716cops5
PLEASE HELP: Dawn Brodie, the sister of murdered man Reginald Mullaly, appeals for information about her brother's death. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 072716cops5

DETECTIVES are hoping a DNA profile taken from the murder scene of homeless man Reginald Mullaly will lead them to his killer. 

Chifley Local Area Command crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Colin Cracknell confirmed on Wednesday that police had obtained the DNA profile, which was just one of several “significant lines of inquiry”.

Police have already identified “persons of interest” in the case, but now want to talk again to anyone who called Crime Stoppers anonymously in the days and weeks after Mr Mullaly’s death, as they believe these people may be able to further the investigation.

Mr Mullaly’s body was found on September 20 last year in a crude shelter he had built under the Denison Bridge. He died from a stab wound to the chest, but had other stab and defensive wounds.

Strike Force Yenna was established to investigate the murder.

Inspector Cracknell said police received a substantial amount of information from callers to Crime Stoppers.

“We’re hoping anyone who contacted Crime Stoppers anonymously in September or October 2015 could contact the strike force again,” he said.

Police also released an image of a knife, which they believe will assist the investigation.

“We are particularly interested in whether anyone saw this knife between September 17, 2015 and November 18, 2015,” Inspector Cracknell said.

Mr Mullaly’s sister, Dawn Brodie, joined the appeal, saying she believed there were people who knew what had happened to her brother.

Anyone who recognises the knife, or who contacted Crime Stoppers in September or October last year, is urged to make contact again via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or with detectives at Bathurst Police on 6332 8699.

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