POLICE believe someone other than Johann Morgan’s killer know what happened to her when she was murdered almost three years ago in Tamworth.
And now they hope a $750,000 reward could help lead investigators and her family to her remains, ending a three-year mystery.
Oxley Superintendent Fred Trench announced the cash reward was on offer for any information that led to the closure of the case.
We can all put ourselves in that position of not knowing, it must be heartbreaking.- Oxley Superintendent Fred Trench
“We can all put ourselves in that position of not knowing, it must be heartbreaking,” he said.
“The family are very thankful for the reward and they’re obviously very hopeful that some information will come forward that will lead us to the location of the body.”
Troy Jason Ruttley – Ms Morgan’s then partner – is serving 24 years for her violent murder inside her Cole Road home.
Despite the absence of her remains, it took a Tamworth jury less than two days to find Ruttley, then 45, guilty of murder after a trial spanning more than seven days.
But the case remains open until her body is found.
“This is the last piece of this investigation that we need to find the closure for the family,” Superintendent Trench said.
Police spent months searching properties, creeks, paddocks and areas from the back of Coledale to Bective and Winton to find her body. The car used to transport her body was found burnt out at a quarry off the Oxley Highway, 17km from Tamworth.
“We’ve conducted a number of searches to locate the body, those searches have brought us to a nil result,” Superintendent Trench said.
The Leader understands detectives have attempted to speak with Ruttley in prison since his murder trial, but he maintains his innocence.
Strike Force Chiltern – the Oxley police operation set-up to investigate the murder – believe other people know what happened.
“Certainly it is a criminal offence to withhold information, we would hope this reward would give that person or those persons the incentive to come forward,” Superintendent Trench said.
Ruttley will be first eligible for parole in 2033.
NSW Police are offering a $750,000 reward for information on murdered woman Johann Morgan’s body.
Following the sentencing the family of the Tamworth mother Johann Morgan welcomed the 24-year prison sentence for Ruttley, but said they won’t get “absolute closure” until her body has been found.
"We really just want her, that's all," her son Michael Morgan said.
"That's all we want, our mother, bring her home to us. It’s good enough, but all we wanted was our mother.”
Ms Morgan’s sister Vivienne Morgan said the sentence provided some closure to her murder.
"I just miss her so much," she said.
"We just want to take her home and get her back. I'll have a lot of closure when I get her back.”
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