Thursday, June 13, 2024

$100k reward offered in 1998 NYE murder of teen

Police have announced a $100,000 reward for information about the 1998 murder of Ashburton teen, Kirsty Bentley.

Kirsty (pictured) was last seen walking her dog on the afternoon of 31 December 1998. Her body was found in the Rakaia Gorge more than two weeks later.

“Police have gone to great lengths to explore all possible scenarios and investigative leads and, even after more than 20 years, we remain committed to holding the offender or offenders to account,” said Detective Inspector Greg Murton.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide answers and a sense of closure for Kirsty’s family.

“That’s why today we’re offering up to $100,000 for material information or evidence leading to the identify and conviction of the person or people responsible for her death.

“Someone out there knows the truth. We urge them to do the right thing and finally come forward — if not for themselves, then for Kirsty and all those who loved her.”

Police say immunity from prosecution may be considered for any accomplice of the main offender.

Teen murder victim, Kirsty Bentley.

The $100,000 reward offer will remain in place for six months. The Commissioner of Police will determine the amount of the reward and will, if necessary, apportion payment where there is more than one claimant.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police via 105 and reference Operation Kirsty.

Alternatively, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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