20 Nov 2013

$50,000 reward offered in Tauranga case

10:31 pm on 20 November 2013

Police are offering $50,000 for information relating to the disappearance of a Tauranga woman 27 years ago.

Luana Williams.

Luana Williams. Photo: NZ POLICE

Ms Williams was last seen at her home in Munro Street on the evening of 5 June 1986. She was 25 when she went missing and her disappearance is being treated as a homicide.

Detective Inspector Mark Loper said on Wednesday that a review of the case began 18 months ago and as a result new information has taken the investigation in a different direction.

In 1994, police reviewed her disappearance and offered a $20,000 reward for information.

Mr Loper said that over time allegiances and associations change, and police have a number of persons of interest.

Ms Williams' sisters, Melanie and Jacqueline Williams, say events since 1986 have had a crazy and stressful impact on their family and it is sad their father died without a resolution of the case.

They say knowing the case was never closed has helped and they always hope that someone will have answers.

Police say the $50,000 reward will be paid for material information or evidence which establishes the location of Luana Williams or leads to a conviction for her disappearance or death.