Police make further appeal in Britton cold case murder at Airlie Beach, QLD

Homicide detectives investigating the murder of Dorothy Britton at Airlie Beach in 1996 have received new information about the case since their appeal in May, Queensland Police say.

The body of the 48-year-old woman was found at 6.30pm on Thursday, 7 March 1996 in her house at Timberlands Road, Jubilee Pocket, Airlie Beach.

Mrs Britton was last seen alive at about midday on the previous day and had died as a result of a gunshot wound.

Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Knight said police were confident that the offender had a close association with Mrs Britton, had extensive knowledge of her lifestyle and routines and was familiar with her loyal and protective Rottweiler dog, Bella.

“I have no doubt that Mrs Britton knew her killer and detectives are appealing for anyone who may have heard someone speak about the circumstances surrounding her murder to contact police” Detective Senior Sergeant Knight said.

“We need public assistance to solve this case and provide Mrs Britton’s family with the answers they deserve” he said.

A government reward of $250,000 has been issued for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

The reward further offers an opportunity for indemnity against prosecution for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the murder, who first gives such information.

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