HOMICIDE Squad Police have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the disappearance of a woman feared murdered after she went missing from her daughter’s Malmsbury home one year ago.
Patricia Ann Gay was last seen by her daughter wearing pyjamas and going to bed at about 10.30pm on Saturday, March 11, 2012.
The daughter alerted police to her mother’s disappearance the next day when she woke to find her missing and the front door open.
Ms Gay is 152cm tall, around 70kg, with short brown hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes.
Homicide Detective Inspector Michael Roberts said police were treating the 55-year-old’s disappearance as suspicious because her medication was left at the house.
“She was treated for a number of medical conditions and...she wasn’t able to go far without particular medication,” he said.
“To leave it behind is suspicious in itself, but she also left behind other items of a personal nature.”
Detective Inspector Roberts said someone in the community must have heard or seen something that night.
“The reward is for information that may lead to a conviction,” he said.
“We believe that there are people in the area that may have some knowledge of it.
“Somewhere in the area would have seen or heard something. The smallest bit of information could help solve this crime.”
He said Ms Gay had no known enemies and had only moved to Malmsbury from Broadmeadows to live with her daughter weeks before her disappearance.
Ms Gay’s five children and extended family held a memorial in Malmsbury yesterday in memory of Ms Gay.
“It’s fair to say they’ve gone to the step of having a memorial today I would say they’re struggling,” Detective Inspector Roberts said.
“I think they have a reasonable idea...that she has died.”
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Patricia Ann Gay is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au