Homicide Squad detectives are today announcing a $1 million dollar reward following the murder of two women in Collingwood in 1977.
It has been 40 years since the murder of 28-year-old woman Suzanne Armstrong and 27-year-old Susan Bartlett.
On 13 January 1977, Suzanne and Susan were located deceased at their home in Easey Street and had both been stabbed multiple times.
Investigations conducted revealed that they had last been seen alive in the evening on 10 January.
Ms Armstrong’s 16-month-old son was left unharmed and left unattended in his cot before the bodies were found three days later.
Before the bodies were discovered, two notes had been left at the house.
The first note was pinned on the front door by neighbours after the women’s dog had been found wandering the street.
The second note was left inside by Ms Armstrong’s boyfriend who had gone to the house with his brother looking for Ms Armstrong.
Police have DNA tested a number of people as part of the Homicide Squad’s ongoing investigation.
While DNA testing has not uncovered an offender thus far, it has provided a useful tool in eliminating suspects and remains a very strong line of enquiry.
Homicide Squad Detective Inspector Michael Hughes said DNA testing was an important method of the investigation.
““We are also hoping that today’s $1 million announcement will encourage someone out there with crucial information or direct knowledge of these murders to come forward,” Insp Hughes said.
“We believe after 40 years someone out there knows something and it is time for them to come forward.
“These unsolved murders have been extremely devastating on these two young women’s families and after all this time we would like to provide them with closure.”
An image of Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett and their house on Easey Street have been released.
A reward of up to $1 million dollars will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police, for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Easey Street murders.
The Director of Public Prosecutions will consider, according to established guidelines, the granting of indemnification from prosecution to any person who provides information as to the identity of the principal offender or offenders in this matter.
Anyone with fresh information about the murders is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.
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