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$1 Million Reward Over Murdered 16-Year-Old Girl

Lee Ellen Stace was just 16 when she vanished.

Now, her heartbroken parents have made a desperate plea for information about their daughter.

“Lee Ellen would be 38-years-old now if she had made it home safely that day,” Stace's father old media on Wednesday said.

“We have struggled every single day since we lost her and hope the reward will give someone one million reasons to come forward now -- we just want that information.”

Lee Ellen was last seen on September 2, 1997, after finishing work at a Yamba Road supermarket on NSW's mid-north coast -- a job she'd started just one week earlier.

Lee Ellen Stace
Lee Ellen Stace.Photo: NSW Police

Her family reported her missing and a large-scale police investigation ensued. Community members were also involved in searching for the teenager.

Tragically, six weeks after Stace disappeared, her remains were found in Yuraygir National Park near Brooms Head, about 100 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour.

No one has been charged in relation to Stace's murder despite police investigations since she went missing 22 years ago.

Police are now offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case.

Lee Ellen Stace
Yuraygir National Park near Brooms Head. Photo: NSW Police.

“It’s been nearly 22 years since the Stace family last saw Lee Ellen – that’s a long time without answers,” Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said.

“There is someone out there who knows who is responsible for her death and we’re hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police.

“Investigators are committed to bringing those responsible for an innocent teenager’s death to justice, but we can’t do it without assistance from the public.”

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au