Murder, Race Fixing And Arson -- What Happened To George Brown?
The body of racehorse trainer George Brown, 38, was found in a burnt out car in 1984, but no one has ever been charged over his death.
Now, 35 years after his charred remains were found, a $1 million reward is on offer for information.
Brown's burnt out Ford Falcon was found just before 11pm in bushland in Bulli Tops on the NSW Illawarra coast.
Inside, his body was found, but an autopsy revealed he had died from head injuries inflicted prior to the fire.
Police strongly suspect his death is related to the poor performance of a horse he'd trained just days earlier.
“A significant aspect of the investigation is around one of Mr Brown’s horses who performed poorly at a race meet in Doomben, Brisbane, two days before his death," Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, Homicide Squad Commander, told media.
“We would like to hear from anyone with information about possible race-fixing at that meet or anyone who knew of any fears or concerns George held from any person or group just prior to his murder."
Brown was last seen at horse stables in Rosebery, the night of his killing.
“We know George Brown worked at the horse stables at Rosebery throughout the day and evening where he was last seen 35 years ago, but he did not arrive at his Kensington home as planned,” Cook said.
Investigators are also interested to hear from anyone who remembers seeing Brown's 1973 green Ford Falcon sedan on the night he was murdered.
Brown's sister, Jean O'Leary, said the family has "never given up hope" that his murder would be solved.
“I had a very close relationship with my brother, George, and helped raise him after our mother died,” she said.
“George was a good man and his death has impacted our entire family.
“Every year since he was murdered, I have hoped that someone would come forward because it’s the right thing to do."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.