MAUREEN BRADDY & ALLAN WHYTE

Announced January 2017

Victoria Police have announced a reward of up to $1 million for information following the disappearance of two young teenagers in Bendigo almost 50 years ago.

Maureen Braddy aged 16 and her 17-year-old friend Allan Whyte were last seen leaving a YMCA dance in Mundy Street at California Gully in Bendigo on Saturday 23 November 1968.

Despite an extensive investigation by local detectives and Missing Persons Squad detectives over the past 49 years, the Bendigo teenagers have never been found.

A Coronial inquest was held in 2014 and ruled that the teenagers met with foul play and it was likely they died the night of the dance.

Detectives believe someone within the community of Bendigo holds the key to solving this investigation, and hope the $1 million announcement will encourage someone out there with crucial information or direct knowledge of this disappearance to come forward.

A reward of up to $1 million will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the abduction and murder.

In appropriate cases, the Director of Public Prosecutions may consider, according to established guidelines, the granting of indemnification from prosecution to any person who provides information as to the identity of the principal offender or offenders in this matter.

Any payment of a reward will be subject to the applicant signing a deed of confidentiality prior to payment.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au  (http://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au)