Home Waratah, roadblock searched for unsolved homicide in 1994
Homicide squad detectives investigating the murder of a young woman 27 years ago turned to a Newcastle house and wondered if a ‘domestic incident’ had taken place before her death.
The body of 22-year-old Melissa Hunt was found near the Burrenjim Dam wall along Blue Gum Creek in Stockrington on April 25, 1994.
An autopsy revealed that she died of serious head injuries before being thrown into the water with stones in her clothes.
In December of last year, police announced a reward of $ 1 million for information on the case. After receiving new information, officers returned to the Hunter area in New South Wales on Tuesday.
Detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Squad, with assistance from Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command, executed a crime scene arrest warrant at a house on Lambton Rd, Waratah, northwest of Newcastle .
Police divers conducted a second search of the Burrenjim Dam on Tuesday.
Homicide Squad Commander Superintendent Danny Doherty said detectives were looking for “any remaining forensic evidence” that could aid the investigation.
“This Sunday marks the 27th anniversary of Melissa’s murder and detectives are hopeful that the new information we have received, as well as today’s research, will advance the investigation,” he said in a statement. .