FRESH CLUES EMERGE 27 YEARS ON FROM MELISSA HUNT’S MURDER

Police are conducting a secondary search of a dam in the Hunter today, looking for new evidence over the suspected murder of a young woman 27-years-ago.

The body of 22-year-old Melissa Hunt was found in the Burrenjim Dam, Bluegum Creek near Stockrington, on April 25, 1994.

A post mortem examination revealed she died from severe head injuries.

An investigation into the death was launched but no arrests have been made.

Police announced a $1 million reward for information into Ms Hunt’s death in December last year.

Since then, fresh information has come to light prompting another search of the region.

Unsolved Homicide Squad detectives, assisted by forensic experts, executed a warrant at a home at Lambton Road, Waratah, while police divers conduct a secondary search of the Burrenjim Dam.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty says Strike Force Circulo detectives are specifically looking to locate any remaining forensic evidence that could assist the investigation.

“This Sunday marks the 27th anniversary of Melissa’s murder and detectives are hopeful that the new information we have received, together with today’s searches, will progress the investigation,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“Police are exploring a number of new lines of inquiry, including whether Melissa regularly attended a home at Waratah and if a domestic incident took place at the residence prior to her death.

“Detectives are also continuing to liaise with interstate law enforcement partners to make contact with associates and witnesses, who are now residing in other states – including South Australia, Queensland and Victoria – to ensure no stone is left unturned.

“As our investigations into Melissa’s death continue, we are urging anyone with information to contact police so we may provide much-needed answers to Melissa’s family,” Det Supt Doherty said.

Investigations under Strike Force Circulo continue.