The $20,000 offered for information on the whereabouts of
Simon Garrick is the 12th reward offered by police for a
murder inquiry in the past decade.
Information released to the Otago Daily Times under
the Official Information Act shows half of those cases have
The rewards offered were between $20,000 and $50,000.
Southern District Police has posted a $20,000 reward in the
hope of finding Mr Garrick (42), a Central Otago man last
seen in Dunedin on October 30 last year.
Operation Garrick investigation spokesman Detective Sergeant
Derek Shaw, of Alexandra, said he hoped the $20,000 reward
would prompt someone to come forward with information to
assist in what police are treating as a homicide inquiry.
Detective Superintendent Rod Drew, the National Crime
Investigations national manager, said rewards were paid out
once all information was checked thoroughly and ''the case
has been through the courts and concluded''.
All reward money came from the operating budget of the police
district offering the reward. The Police Commissioner has the
final approval. following recommendations from the district
Dept Supt Drew said there was ''no cap for rewards'', but
declined to disclose exactly how much had been paid to
''Police are not prepared to disclose details of any payments
as police consider it would be likely to prevent members of
the public coming forward in the future.''
However, police could release those cases where rewards had
been used in six solved cases.
- Sara Louise Neithe was murdered on March 30, 2003. A
$20,000 reward was offered for information or evidence
leading to either her location or the conviction of a person
responsible for her death, or the location of her Honda Civic
car. The reward was later increased to $50,000
- Nicholas Pike was last seen alive on March 15, 2002, in Mt
Maunganui. $50,000 reward issued on July 1, 2007.
- Ngatai (Mellory) Dallington, was last seen alive in
Christchurch on December 18, 2008, and a $50,000 reward was
- Grant Trevor Adams was last seen alive in Tauranga in
November 2005, and a $50,000 reward was offered.
- Darrel James Crawford, last seen alive in Tauranga in
August 2007, and a $50,000 reward was offered.
- William Taikato, last seen alive in the Tauranga on
December 19 2007, and a $50,000 reward was offered.
The five cases still outstanding include the murder of Jane
Furlong, whose body was found on a Port Waikato beach on May
19, 2012, and Jordanis Voudouris, who was shot in Paeroa on
June 18, 2012.
Anyone with information regarding Simon James Garrick is
asked to contact Detective Sergeant Rob Hanna, of Dunedin, on
(03) 471-4800, Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw, of Alexandra,
on (03) 440-2503 extn 34407, or CrimeStoppers, anonymously,