News

Unsolved 1987 murder case to be reopened

Bryan Hodgkinson. Photo: Contributed
Bryan Hodgkinson. Photo: Contributed Contributed

THE cold case murder of a Bundaberg taxi driver will be reopened nearly 28 years after his body was found dumped at a quarry on Goodwood Rd.

Further assistance from the public and developments in forensic testing may help piece together the mystery surrounding the murder of Bryan Hodgkinson.

Officer-in-charge of the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said it was hoped developments in forensic technology would invigorate the cold case investigation with police following up several other lines of inquiry.

"Mr Hodgkinson was working as a taxi driver on the night of September 10, 1987 when he was murdered. He was last seen alive at a Bundaberg taxi rank at 12.30am," he said.

"His taxi was located that morning in Beatrice St with blood in the taxi and on the rear bumper.

"Mr Hodgkinson's body was found near the intersection of Goodwin and Peirson Rds, outside of Bundaberg.

Mystery of missing Bundaberg woman remains unsolved

"This investigation has been on-going for more than twenty five years with police investigating a number of leads and fresh information over the years.

"With improvements in forensic technology and fresh information received from the public, we have renewed hope that this investigation can progress."

For Mr Hodgkinson's family it has been a roller coaster ride of emotions which they hope will finally come to an end with this latest investigation.

Mr Hodgkinson's sister Doris Hillier said she just wants the case finalised so they can have closure and justice for Bryan.

Mrs Hillier said she was contacted by detectives who advised her the case would be reinvestigated.

"It's good that police aren't giving up," she said.

"They say it's not over until the fat lady sings but I don't sing anymore. I just hope this time it's done. It's been very frustrating."

In 2009 new information lead police to believe the man responsible for the murder had died, with another man being charged with being an accessory to Mr Hodgkinson's murder.

In a committal hearing in 2010, the case was dismissed after a magistrate decided there was not enough evidence.

Topics:  bundaberg, editors picks, murder, taxi driver




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Man accused of raping 14-year-old girl

Trial of man accused of raping daughters friend has begun

Bunch of fives: What’s on this weekend

Five things you need to know this weekend

Latest deals and offers

Darren Pratt Local Farmer

LOCALLY GROWN: Darren Pratt with his box of fresh local produce.Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

LOCALLY GROWN: Darren Pratt with his box of fresh local produce.

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

CHEAP AS CHIPS: 6 Bundy houses under $199,000

Cheap houses being sold in the region

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"