Saturday, November 5, 1994

Revelle Sabine BALMAIN

Personal Details
Sex: Female
Year of Birth: 1972
At Time of Disappearance on 5 November 1994.
Age: 22
Height (cm): 170.0
Build: Thin
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Blue
Complexion: Fair
Racial Appearance: Caucasian
Circumstances Revelle was last seen at Kingsford


Reward of $250,000 to solve disappearance and murder of Revelle Balmain

$250,000 is being offered by the NSW Government for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible for the death of model Revelle Balmain, at Kingsford in 1994.

Acting NSW Police Minister Kristina Keneally today announced the reward for information to solve the case had been lifted from $100,000 to $250,000.

"The reward will be posted on the new Police rewards website, which is accessed through the NSW Police Force site," Ms Keneally said.

"It's believed Ms Balmain, a 22 year old model, was in the company of a man on the night she disappeared on Saturday, 5 November 1994.

"She was a strikingly beautiful woman who might have been noticed by someone who was near Kingsford's Red Tomato Inn on that night.

"While the body of Ms Balmain has never been found, the NSW Coroner believes she was the victim of a homicide.

"This young woman had her whole life ahead of her before meeting this awful fate."

Ms Keneally said the family of Revelle Balmain had obviously been devastated by their loss and police remained puzzled by the case.

"Strikeforce Aramac was established to look into the cold case and they need help with new information to bring to justice the person/s responsible for this heinous crime," Ms Keneally said.

"Ms Balmain's family deserve justice and it is in the public interest that the person/s responsible are arrested and convicted.

"I can only imagine the grief suffered by Ms Balmain's family over the past 13 years, and I just hope that this $250,000 reward can produce results for police.

"Anyone with information should contact the free call Crime Stoppers hotline on 1800 333 000, if someone does not wish to claim the reward they can give information anonymously.

"The slightest piece of evidence could crack this case."

Do you have information that can help police with this case?
Any information you have about this is worth giving to police, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

You can provide information to police via any of the methods below:

Call Crime Stoppers any time on 1800 333 000
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Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Your help may give police the clue they need to close this case and provide some comfort for the families of victims.

How to claim your reward
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2.Identify yourself and indicate you have information about a crime and that you wish to claim a reward.
3.You will then be put in contact with a police officer involved in the investigation of that case.


Police seek DNA from Revelle Balmain murder suspect
By Kara Lawrence From: The Daily Telegraph August 04, 2008 12:00AM

MISSING for more than a decade ... Revelle Balmain. Source: The Daily Telegraph
THE hunt for the suspected killer of missing Sydney model and escort Revelle Balmain has taken a new turn, with police speaking to the chief suspect and planning to seek his DNA sample.
Homicide officers visiting Tasmania in an attempt to speak to their suspect Gavin Owen Samer, found him at his workplace in the small country town of Cygnet, south of Hobart.

Detectives spoke briefly to the 40-year-old chef, who is working in a pub's restaurant in the town.

They are seeking to interview him formally later this week and obtain his DNA, it is understood.

This follows a breakthrough recently in forensic analysis of Samer's former Sydney home and Ms Balmain's belongings which were found scattered around the streets of Kingsford shortly after her November 1994 disappearance.

The 22-year-old part-time escort's last known client was Samer, who lived in McNair Avenue, Kingsford, at the time.

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It is believed Samer's co-operation in a formal interview would be voluntary.

Five NSW detectives have been in Tasmania since Tuesday last week carrying out inquiries into the suspected murder.

Homicide officers began a reinvestigation of the case a year ago.

"As part of their inquiries, NSW Homicide Squad detectives today spoke with a 40-year-old man living in the Cygnet area," a police spokeswoman said.

"It is anticipated that NSW detectives will be seeking to formally to interview the man, who has been previously identified as a person of interest."

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