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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.

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"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.

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