$500k reward hoped to find NQ teen’s killer

March 29, 2023 6:42 am in by

A $500,000 reward has been issued for information regarding the suspected murder of Linden Jeffery Malayta.

Linden was 15-years-old when he went missing from Ayr in March 2019.

Police Minister Mark Ryan offered the reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suspected murder of Linden.

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Linden who would now be 19 years old, was last seen in Ayr in March 2019, when he was planning to travel to Townsville.

He has not made direct contact with family or friends since that time.

Child Protection Investigation Unit Officer in Charge Dave Miles has asked for anyone with information to contact police.

“We sought this significant reward to encourage anyone who has information about Linden to contact police,” he says.

“An extensive investigation has failed to locate any information supporting Linden being alive and we believe his disappearance to be suspicious. This matter is now a suspected homicide investigation.

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“We are seeking any information the community may be able to provide, no matter how small or insignificant they may think it is. Someone knows something, and we hope this reward will encourage them to come forward.”

Linden is described as Aboriginal, with brown eyes and dark brown hair and last seen wearing the red baseball cap, which he frequently wore.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stopper website.


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