Victoria Police offer $1 million reward to crack cold case death of Melinda Freeman


Victoria Police offer $1 million reward to crack cold case death of Melinda Freeman who was found dead in her ransacked house 30 years ago


More than 30 years after Melinda Freeman’s body was found in her ransacked house in Melbourne’s outer north, a $1 million reward is being offered to solve her murder.

Ms Freeman, 27, died at her home in Whittlesea in October 1991 after being fatally assaulted.  

‘Melinda’s family deserves an answer as to why this happened,’ Victoria Police Homicide Squad Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said on Wednesday.

‘Her young son has had to grow up without his mother in his life.

‘He’s had to live with this tragedy and feel her loss every single day.

Melinda Freeman was found dead in her Melbourne home by her husband thirty years ago

Melinda Freeman was found dead in her Melbourne home by her husband thirty years ago

‘We still don’t know why Melinda was murdered.’

Detectives are especially keen to speak to a person who gave police information anonymously in 2018.

On the afternoon of October 4, 1991, Ms Freeman and her husband returned home after going to a family gathering.

Her husband took their infant son and left the house to give Ms Freeman free time to study for her beauty course.

When they returned at 11.30pm, the house looked like it had been ransacked and the front door was open.

He found his wife’s body lying on the landing on the top storey of the house.

Despite a significant investigation over the past 30 years, detectives have been unable to establish her final movements on the night and the events which led to her death.

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