Significant increase in reward offered for Helen Munnings cold case

The reward being offered in connection with the disappearance of young Burnie mother Helen Munnings has been increased to $250,000.


The increase, from $50,000 to $250,000, is part of Burnie CIB’s ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Ms Munnings from Burnie on July 23, 2008.


In 2012 the Coroner determined that Ms Munnings died in Burnie on or about 23 July.


As with all missing persons cases in Tasmania, the investigation into Ms Munnings’ disappearance has remained active and the decision to increase the reward has come as investigators look into fresh leads.


“Investigators have long held the view that there are people in the community who have knowledge of Helen’s disappearance who, for whatever reason, have not either been able to come forward or have been unwilling,” Western District Commander Debbie Williams said.


“This reward may well serve as the driving factor to motivate them to speak with police.


“In the passage of time someone’s circumstances and allegiances may have changed and the offer of a life-changing amount of money may be the motivation they need to come forward. That kind of money allows a fresh start.


“We know that there are people who have information that could lead to a conviction in this case.


“We have also identified some additional areas to search and will be conducting those searches in the near future.”


The reward equals that offered in the case of Shane Geoffrey Barker, who was murdered in Campbell Town on August 2, 2009. That case remains unsolved.


Anyone with information that could assist the police investigation is asked to contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at