Image: Coen Police Station (Queensland Police)
A $500,000 dollar reward has been announced for information into the disappearance of a 23-year-old mother-of-two who went missing a decade ago on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.
Kokoberra woman Ms Bernard was last seen in 2013 at Archer River Quarry on Sunday, February 10 at about 11pm.
She was seen at the Exchange Hotel in Coen that evening, and was expected to travel to her homeland in Kowanyama, but never arrived.
Ms Bernard is described as approximately 155cm tall, with a slim build and brown hair.
The significant reward is being offered for information which leads to the identification and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Ms Bernard or leads to her being found.
Sonia Smith from the Queensland Police believes someone out there has information which might help find Ms Bernard.
“We will not give up. Ms Bernard’s disappearance has had a devastating impact on this community and together we won’t stop until we find answers.
We would like to thank the local community who continues to support our ongoing investigations and urge members of the public to continue spreading the word – anyone with information should immediately call Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
Detective Superintendent Smith finished the media briefing with a heartfelt statement written by Ms Bernard’s family.
“Her absence continues to impact our lives and community, in particular her children. We acknowledge the announcement of the reward by the Police Minister, and we encourage anyone that has information that may assist investigations to come forward with that information. Family members deserve the respect of having the questions that surround her disappearance answered.”
For more information on Ms Bernard’s case and the reward you can visit the Queensland Police website here: