NSW Police are set to announce a $1million reward for information leading to a conviction in relation to the alleged kidnapping of a Charlestown teenage girl in 1994.
Lake Macquarie detectives will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, hoping the award will help them in their investigation into the disappearance of 16-year-old Gordana Kotevski on November 24, 1994.
The new award coincides with International Missing Children’s Day.
Her aunt Julie Tavelski told NBN News the family hopes this development will finally provide some answers.
“Being selected by AFP for their campaign is quite extraordinary, really. I think it’s probably the best exposure we’ve ever had in the last 27 years,” she said.
Earlier this month, NBN News revealed that Gordana had been selected to feature in the Australian Federal Police’s campaign for International Missing Children’s Day.
Gordana’s mother, Peggy, and sister, Carolina, traveled with Tavelski to Canberra to film the campaign, ready to shine the spotlight on the baffling case.
They hope that someone will finally show up.
“All of this experience will help the family heal in some way, knowing that people are out there, still interested in Gordana’s story and still wanting an outcome like we do,” Tavelski said.
The 16-year-old had been shopping in Charlestown Square before walking to her aunt’s house, less than half a mile away.
She disappeared, believed to have been abducted by two men in Powell Street, where a light colored Hilux was seen at the time.
Lake Macquarie detectives reopened the case in 2019, as part of Strike Force Arapaima, which is investigating the disappearance of three Lake Macquarie girls.
Recently, New South Wales Police Minister Paul Toole said that “sometimes a reward can be the difference between solving the case and not”.
“Rewards are used now more than ever, but they will always be associated with other operational strategies,” he said.
The AFP video campaign will also be deployed today.