$100,000 reward for information relating to the homicide of Kristy Lee Williams

Minister for Police, Tony Kelly today announced the NSW Government would be offering $100,000 in reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of Kristy Lee Williams. Mr Kelly said that 22 year old Kristy Lee Williams died from a single stab wound to the chest inflicted by persons unknown at the Erambie Mission in June 2003.

"This substantial reward reflects the seriousness of the crime committed," Mr Kelly said.

"Evidence presented at the Coronial inquest in November 2007 demonstrated that this was what police have described as a vicious crime.

"Canobolas detectives formed Strike Force Cotswold to investigate this crime and have made significant progress during their on-going enquiries.

"I encourage anybody with any information to come forward - even the most insignificant information could prove to be the missing piece of the puzzle that leads to a conviction.

"Ms Williams' family deserve answers to this and I hope that this reward will encourage somebody to come forward with information to help the local police.

Commander of Canobolas LAC, Mark Szalajko welcomed the reward.

"We are determined to press forward with this investigation, with no intention of stopping until it is resolved," Mr Szalajko.

Mr Kelly said that any member of the public who has information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Do you have information that can help police with this case?

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Your help may give police the clue they need to close this case and provide some comfort for the families of victims.

How to claim your reward

  1. Contact Crime Stoppers or your local Police Station.
  2. Identify yourself and indicate you have information about a crime and that you wish to claim a reward.
  3. You will then be put in contact with a police officer involved in the investigation of that case.


Kristy Lee’s death torments family

BY CANDICE POOLE - Central Western Daily
03 Jul, 2009 08:34 PM


A PLEA from murdered Cowra woman Kristy Lee Williams’ mother and a $100,000 reward is hoped to be enough to find her killer.

Kristy Lee Williams died from a single stab wound to the chest on June 21 2003 in Front Street in Cowra and to date the killer has not been identified. She was 22.

“We just want the person to come forward, we need closure,” Kristy Lee’s mother Cathy Ryan said yesterday.

Detective Superintendent Mark Szalajko held a press conference at the Cowra Police Station yesterday. Ms Ryan and and Kristy’s sister Tenica attended.

“We are hoping the $100,000 reward will help break the cone of silence. We are of the view Kristy knew who her killer was and we want an arrest and conviction,” Supt Szalajko said.

Ms Ryan said her family was living in torment.

“Put yourselves in our shoes and imagine how we feel. We just want answers,” she said.

Ms Ryan believes she knows who killed her daughter and she wants them to come forward.

“It may have been an accident, but we just want to know the truth,” Ms Ryan said.

“I used to love Cowra, but now my childhood, and everything has been taken with Kristy’s death.”