September 30, 2022

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A $1 million reward is now on the table for any information that could help police solve the 1992 murder of Michele Brown in Melbourne.

About 12pm on Sunday, March 1, 1992, 25-year-old Michele was driven by a friend from her home in Baxter to another friend’s house in Frankston, where she stayed until about 7pm.

Michele and a female friend walked to the Food Plus store on Frankston-Dandenong Road, which took them about five minutes.

Michele Brown was murdered in Frankston, Melbourne, in 1992. (Victoria Police)

Michele borrowed 30 cents from her friend and made a call to her brother, asking for her mother to pick her up from the Frankston railway station.

Her friend left her at Food Plus and was given a lift home by friends passing by.

Michele was seen walking away from the Food Plus store between 7pm-7.15pm, however, it’s not known if or how she travelled to Frankston railway station, which was just under 4km away.

A taxi driver saw a woman whom he believed to be Michele near the phone boxes at the Frankston railway station between 8pm and 9pm.

Michele’s mother arrived at the Frankston railway station shortly after 8pm but could not find her daughter.

She then drove around looking Michele for a while before returning home. It was unusual for Michele not to be waiting after making arrangements to be picked up.

A witness, who lived near Playne Street in Frankston, only a few hundred metres south of the station, reported hearing two separate screams shortly after 9pm.

It wasn’t uncommon for Michele’s parents not to see her for a few days and as a result, she was not reported missing by her mother until March 13, 1992.

The following day, a staff member who worked at Miall’s Gun Shop on Playne Street in Frankston discovered Michele’s body in an old shed at the rear of the premises, which was about 400m south of the railway station.

The shed was accessible from the railway line and surrounded by blackberry bushes.

Michele’s body was in a state of severe decomposition and it was determined that she was murdered.

Quotes attributable to Detective Inspector Dean Thomas, Homicide Squad:

“Michele’s family have lived the past 30 years not knowing what happened to their beloved daughter and sister,” Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said.

“Frankston was very much a close-knit community in the early 1990s where a lot of people knew each other and what was going on locally.

“I have no doubt that despite three decades passing, there are still people out there with information as to who was responsible for Michele’s death and why.”

The $1 million reward will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police, for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers.

The Director of Public Prosecutions might also consider granting immunity from prosecution for anybody who provides information.

Anyone with information relating to Michele’s murder is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppers.com.au

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