Website appearance reignites Gerroa murder case

A CHANCE appearance on the home page of the NSW Police website has reignited appeals for information into the unsolved murder of Bargo woman Rachelle Childs.

Ms Childs’ partially-burned body was located in a shallow ditch off Crooked River Road, near Gerroa, on the morning of Friday, June 8, 2001.

Despite exhaustive inquiries by detectives and a Coronial Inquest into the 23-year-old’s death, the person responsible has never been located.

In November 2011 the reward for information into her death was doubled to $200,000 as investigators renewed their investigation of the crime.

Although police this week said there was nothing new in the hunt for her killer, her story featured in one of the regular sections on the website that features unsolved crimes.

Police said Ms Childs was well-liked in the Bargo community, was a trusting and caring woman who excelled in her career as a car saleswoman and also represented NSW Cricket.

At the time of the reward being doubled to $200,000 then acting commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Sheehy said it was a deeply shocking incident that left a small town reeling.

“We need the community’s help to solve this crime,” he said.

“We still haven’t been able to confirm what happened to Rachelle that Friday morning or what her movements were the night before, but we do know she was supposed to meet someone at the Bargo Hotel.

“Her vehicle was found secure in the car park of the Bargo Hotel after her body was located.

“Someone out there knows what happened to Rachelle and we need them to come forward so we can solve this matter and give closure to Rachelle’s family.”

If anyone has any information into the death of Rachelle Childs they can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

MYSTERY: Rachelle Childs was found murdered in a shallow ditch near Gerroa in June 2001.

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