SA Police ‘cold case’ campaign, Operation Persist, is entering a fresh phase

Ewan Grant

30 January 2019

Ewan Grant

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Photo: Correctional Services Chief Executive David Brown, SA Police acting Deputy Commissioner Scott Duval, Crime Stoppers SA Chair, Sharon Hanlon, and the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights Bronwyn Killmier.

South Australia’s Major Crime Investigation Branch has rolled out the second phase of a highly successful cold case campaign.


Operation Persist is focused on gathering information from prisoners in SA jails, as well as visitors who attend Department for Correctional Services facilities.


A series of playing cards that briefly detail cold cases and the reward for information are being distributed to inmates.


Additional information screens are being installed in the lobbies of Correctional Services facilities, to attract the attention of the friends and family members of prisoners.


Correctional Services Chief Executive David Brown says he “fully supports any initiative that may provide closure to the victims of unsolved crimes.”


“Around 6000 people pass through our prison system each year, with the department supervising around 7000 people in the community.


This means a significant amount of people are being exposed to the information and the rewards.”


The unsolved murder of 55-year-old Stephen Hugh Newton, found dead inside a Davison St home in Mt Gambier in 2011, features on a re-run of the first edition of the cards.


Both the re-run of the First Edition, along with the new Second Edition cold case cards are currently in circulation in the Mount Gambier Prison.

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