By James Carmody
The WA Government is offering a $250,000 reward for information to solve the mysterious death of Perth man Raymond Kehlet and the disappearance of his wife Jennie in 2015.
The body of Raymond Kehlet, 47, was found in an abandoned mine shaft near the remote Mid West town of Sandstone, three weeks after he and his 49-year-old wife disappeared while prospecting.
Despite an extensive land and air search, Ms Kehlet has never been located.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson believes someone must know what happened and is hoping a reward could bring them forward.
“Sandstone is a very small community. It’s subject to a lot of mining exploration and people who might camp or [move] through the area on holidays,” he said.
“It’s about the most remote area you could find on the planet.
“There’s not many people who would have been in that area at the time. Someone up there knows what was going on.”
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the Government was happy to be able to offer the reward in the hope it would solve the mystery.
“At this point in time the advice that I have now received from those in police is that putting out a significant reward of up to $250,000 may help solve this baffling case,” she said.
“I think if we can solve this crime it will not only put their relatives and friends at some kind of peace but it will also I think give some peace of mind to West Australians to know that whoever has been involved if there has been foul play is bought to account.”
Family ‘in agonising and exhausting limbo’
In a statement the couple’s children expressed gratitude for the efforts of police and urged anyone who could help with the investigation to come forward.
“The last two years have seen our family caught in an agonising and exhausting limbo, desperate for answers and for closure,” the statement said.
“We are thankful that the police are still actively pursuing answers for our family, and hope that the offer of a reward may bring together the missing pieces of our family’s tragedy.
“We urge anyone with information to please come forward, and bring our family some peace.”