NT Police offer $250,000 reward for information about Richard Roe’s suspected murder

Posted January 14, 2019 12:30:36

A $250,000 reward is on offer for information about the suspected murder of a missing Darwin man who had links to the city’s criminal underworld.

Key points:

  • Richard Roe was last seen on November 2, 2016
  • A $250,000 reward is now on offer for information relating to his disappearance
  • Anyone with information should call 131 444 or 1800 333 000

Richard Roe, 40, was last seen on November 2, 2016 and has not accessed his bank accounts since.

His 2004 Holden Commodore station wagon was found days later abandoned south of Chinner Road on the Stuart Highway near Lake Bennett, about 20 kilometres from his home.

Investigations have revealed little about Mr Roe’s fate, although police believe he was linked to criminal activities and associates who “may have played a role in his disappearance”.

Today, NT Police Senior Sergeant Matt Allen announced a $250,000 reward, to be allocated at the NT Police Commissioner’s discretion, for information that helps locate Mr Roe’s body.

He also said individuals who speak to police may be eligible for immunity from prosecution.

“To date, police have little information on what happened to Richard but hold serious concerns that he has met with foul play,” Senior Sergeant Allen said.

“A reward of $250,000 is now being offered for information that leads to locating the body of Richard Roe, along with the identification and conviction of any person or persons responsible for his murder.

“Investigations have linked Richard to unlawful activities and criminal associates and we worry that these interactions may have played a part in his disappearance.

“We believe there are individuals out there who have information that could assist this investigation and we are asking them to come forward and speak to police. You may also be eligible for immunity from prosecution.

“Someone out there knows something and we urge you to contact police. Richard Roe’s family are desperate to know what happened to him and need closure.”

After receiving a tip-off from the public, police renewed their search for Mr Roe in 2017, which involved about 40 police, firefighters and volunteers.

At the time they said Mr Roe had friends involved in the use and distribution of methamphetamine, but no drugs or paraphernalia were found inside his car.

Police also said Mr Roe had a motive for coming to the area on the day he went missing.

Mr Roe is described as being of Indigenous appearance, 175 centimetres tall, of olive complexion with brown eyes.

He usually shaves his head and has a tattoo of an eagle or dragon on his left upper arm.

If you have any information that may assist with the investigation, please contact police on 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, and tell the call taker you would prefer to speak directly with a detective involved with the case.

Last reward never claimed

The last reward offered by NT Police was $250,000 for information about the hit and run that killed Kwementyaye Nelson at Three Ways Roadhouse in 2014.

The reward was offered in 2017 and has never been claimed.

The Northern Territory’s most high-profile missing person’s case in recent times is arguably that of Paddy Moriarty, who disappeared from Larrimah on December 16, 2017.

Although Senior Sergeant Allen previously said police would consider a reward for information about Mr Moriarty’s disappearance, none has yet been offered.

On Sunday NT Police called off the search for German tourist Monika Billen, who disappeared in Alice Springs two weeks ago and remains missing.

Topics: missing-person, community-and-society, police, law-crime-and-justice, crime, drugs-and-substance-abuse, darwin-0800

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