$100,000 reward for information
EIGHT years after the death of Kyogle girl Harmony Bryant, NSW Police have offered a $100,000 reward for information as they now believe she may have met with foul play.
Ms Bryant, 26, was found alive close to the burning remains of her Hyundai Excel in bushland near Bonny Hills, a short distance from Port Macquarie, on August 16, 2003.
Among other injuries, Ms Bryant suffered horrific burns to 60 per cent of her body. She died on September 19, 2003, at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital after enduring two cardiac arrests, countless skin grafts, reconstructive surgery and the amputation of her right arm and shoulder.
Announcing the reward, Minister for Police Michael Daley said there was evidence Ms Bryant may have fallen from a cliff a short distance from her car and was assisted back to her vehicle by a person or persons unknown.
Port Macquarie media rep-orts have quoted investigation co-ordinator Detective Inspector David Laidlaw as saying DNA tests had confirmed a blood splatter found 500 metres from Ms Bryant's car belonged to the 26-year-old.
“The concern for police is with the significant injuries Ms Bryant sustained it would have made it impossible for her to travel through the terrain from the headland to the car unassisted or unaided,” Det Insp Laidlaw is reported to have said.
“Harmony had made a booking to stay at the Mid Pacific Caravan Park on Aug-ust 15, 2003, for two people for one night,” Police Minister Daley said.
“Police are extremely keen to establish the identity of this second person.”
Anyone who knows the identity of that person, or who has the smallest piece of inf-ormation regarding Ms Bryant's death, is asked toimmediately contact police.
“Even what seems like an insignificant bit of information could be the piece of the jigsaw investigators need to figure out what happened to Harmony that night,” MrDaley said.
“I hope that this financial incentive does encourage peo-ple to come forward and give Harmony's family the closure they need and deserve.”
Harmony was the daughter of Kyogle couple Karen and Lyle Bryant. Mr and Mrs Bryant could not be contacted by The Northern Star yesterday for comment, but Ms Bryant's brother Chris has been reported as saying his sister's death “ruined every-one” in his family.
“We just want to know exa-ctly what happened,” he isreported as saying.
Ms Bryant was known for her outspoken individuality, vivacious personality and heart-warming compassion, as much as for her funky purple hair, purple car and purple clothes.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.
Police said callers couldremain anonymous, and inf-ormation they provided would be treated with the strictest confidence.