THE case of missing Bathurst woman Janine Vaughan is among the top 20 priority cold cases being reviewed by NSW Police in one of the biggest shake ups of cold case homicides in the state.
The first 20 cold cases, out of 500 across the state, have been sent out for review this week and Janine’s is among them.
Her matter will now be looked at by fresh sets of eyes.
A new review team will look into the availability of witnesses, new technologies and whether there are lines of inquiry that were not followed up properly at the time of the original investigation to decide whether there are killers out there who may finally be brought to justice.
NSW Police confirmed late Tuesday the Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide Unit is re-investigating the circumstances surrounding the 2001 disappearance and suspected murder of Janine Vaughan.
Janine was last seen getting into a bright red sedan on Keppel Street, Bathurst, about 4am on Friday, December 7, 2001.
Despite extensive investigations at the time and over the years, Janine has not been found; and a Coronial Inquest has since found she was murdered.
They said detectives have received incredible support from the community and are again appealing for information that may assist them provide answers for Janine’s family and reminded the community there is currently a $100,000 NSW Government reward in place for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for Janine’s murder.
It’s almost 17 years since Janine Vaughan seemly vanished into thin air, and her family said on Tuesday they are desperate for answers.
Janine’s sister Kylie Spelde spoke of the complexity of her sister’s case and the devastation of not knowing what had happened to her.
Despite the family’s struggle, Ms Spelde said they still hope that someone, somewhere will come forward and say what happened to Janine.
“If you know something, speak up. It doesn’t matter how old the information is, come forward to the police,” she said.
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Janine Vaughan should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be given anonymously.