Police and family renew appeal following 1995 death in Quirindi

Police are renewing their appeal for information on the 1995 death of a Werris Creek teenager, NSW Police say.

The body of 17-year-old Stephen Smith was found on railway tracks between Quirindi and Werris Creek on Thursday the 5 October 1995 after being hit by a train.

Local police investigated the circumstances surrounding the death at the time, which was later subject to a Coronial inquest, finding that Stephen died as a result of multiple injuries sustained when he was hit by the train. Stephen’s family have always held the belief that Stephen met with foul play.

Detectives from Oxley Local Area Command have reviewed the investigation into Stephen’s death.

Oxley Police District Crime Manager, Chief Inspector Philip O’Reilly believes there are potential witnesses who were not identified in that investigation, that saw Stephen in Hawker Street, Quirindi on the morning of his death.

An appeal in 1995 in the newspaper and a letterbox drop resulted in a call from an anonymous female with information about a number of persons in Hawker Street in the early hours of that morning.

Police would like to speak with those people.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers.

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