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$500,000 Reward Announced in 30-Year-Old disappearance of Pauline Sowry

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Veronica Bardsley

28 March 2024, 10:00 PM

$500,000 Reward Announced in 30-Year-Old disappearance of Pauline SowryPauline Sowry and son Avif

The NSW Government, in collaboration with the NSW Police Force, has declared a $500,000 reward for information regarding the mysterious disappearance of Pauline Sowry over three decades ago. Pauline, also known as Pauline Lawrence by marriage, vanished under suspicious circumstances in December 1993, with her last confirmed sighting by family members in the northern suburbs of Wollongong.


Despite exhaustive investigations over the years, Pauline's whereabouts remain unknown. In 2008, a Coronial Inquest concluded that Pauline had likely passed away, following an unconfirmed sighting in 1994. To reignite efforts in resolving this enduring mystery, Strike Force Anthea was established in 2022 to reassess the circumstances surrounding Pauline's suspected disappearance.



To bolster ongoing inquiries, Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism Yasmin Catley has announced a substantial $500,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for Pauline Sowry's disappearance or death. 


Minister Catley expressed the NSW Police Force's unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth for Pauline's family.


Acting Assistant Commissioner Southern Region, Darren Brand, expressed optimism that the reward announcement could catalyse a breakthrough in the investigation. He appealed to individuals within the community who may possess crucial information about Pauline's fate, urging them to come forward and assist in providing closure to her loved ones.



Pauline's son, Jason Lawrence, who travelled from Western Australia for the appeal, expressed his hope that the reward would prompt those with pertinent knowledge to step forward. Jason highlighted the immense loss endured by Pauline’s family over the past three decades and implored anyone with information to come forward and provide the answers they have been seeking.


Anyone in possession of information pertaining to Pauline Sowry's disappearance is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers website. All information provided will be treated with the utmost confidentiality, and individuals are reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media platforms.