Thursday, January 3, 1980

Eliane Jones

$100k reward to solve horrific 1980 murder

Mar 19, 2011
Elaine Jones went missing while walking to the local shops in Tocumwal in January 1980. (AAP/NSW Police) 
Authorities are offering a $100,000 reward in an attempt to finally solve the brutal murder of Melbourne mother Elaine Jones 31 years ago.
The 39-year-old was murdered while on holiday in the NSW Murray River town of Tocumwal with her family in January 1980.
Intensifying the tragedy, her husband Alan suffered a fatal heart attack upon finding his wife's naked body in the Murray River the morning after she vanished.
NSW Police Minister Michael Daley has announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her death.
"This appears to be an unprovoked random act of violence which has remained unsolved for 31 years," Mr Daley said.
"Mrs Jones deserves justice and police will never give up on finding those responsible."
Despite extensive investigations only one sneaker belonging to Mrs Jones was located at the crime scene.
What police do know is that Mrs Jones left her caravan at Town Beach to walk a short distance to the local store about 9:00pm on January 3.
She began to walk back to the caravan park with the cigarettes and milk she had bought, but never made it.
The injuries inflicted on her were horrific and included extensive neck and head wounds.

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