By Brittney Kleyn
It is the murder thriller that has plagued Queensland Police for 36 years.
Now the family of missing hitchhiker Tony Jones think about they’ve found the important proof which may treatment the chilly case and lead to felony costs.
Perth man Tony Jones was closing seen in Townsville on November 3, 1982. He had been backpacking spherical north Queensland.
He had phoned his family and knowledgeable them he consider to hitchhike from Townsville to Mount Isa.
The 20-year-old then disappeared with no trace.
His brother Mark Jones has tirelessly adopted every lead into his brother’s case ever since.
“We acquired data four or 5 years up to now about attainable suspects on this case,” he talked about.
“We thought these suspects appeared strong, it started to elucidate what might have occurred to Tony. In present weeks, we’ve been given data that has confirmed our suspicions.
“We now think about that he was picked up by a bunch of youthful people and dropped at Hughenden. Events unfolded that ended up with Tony being killed and his physique being disposed of on that night time.”
Tony Jones’ physique has under no circumstances been found, nonetheless a 2002 coronial inquest dominated he had been murdered.
As a consequence of ongoing criticism of the investigation, the Lawyer-Fundamental agreed to a special inquest, which began in 2016.
It was adjourned when the family launched a Supreme Courtroom docket bid for a third inquest, arguing the latest inquiry was prepare beneath earlier authorized tips.
A spokesperson for the Queenslander Coroner talked about the inquest had been adjourned until further uncover, and that “beneath Queensland regulation, the coroner cannot ship findings whereas a matter is matter to courtroom movement”.
Queensland Police have talked about they’re prepared for the findings of that second coronial inquest, whereas a $250,000 reward for information stays on present.
Nevertheless Mark Jones talked about the case was in limbo.
“These are compelling new leads and we think about that these might and can lead to felony costs being laid,” he talked about.
Mark Jones is still searching for his brother Tony Jones, who disappeared in 1982 (ABC News: Marcus Alborn)
Nationwide Missing People Week launched by Jones family 30 years up to now
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Nationwide Missing People Week (NMPW) which was prepare by the Jones family so that Tony and others like him would under no circumstances be forgotten.
Trish Halligan from the Nationwide Coordination Centre talked about these households endure what is called an ambiguous loss, not understanding whether or not or not their members of the family are nonetheless alive.
“As human beings we wish to know the why, the how,” she talked about.
“When any person goes missing, households have not obtained these options. It’s very powerful for them to maneuver forward with their lives.”
All through the nation, the Australian Federal Police are dealing with 2,600 ongoing missing people circumstances.
One different 38,000 people are reported missing yearly.
Mark Jones talked about whereas NMPW had come a good way in strengthening communication between police in quite a few states, grieving households needed additional assist.
“[It] always merely feels favor it is under no circumstances pretty enough and whereas it helps people get publicity that they badly need, it might not always get the choice that they need,” he talked about.