$500,000 reward announced to resolve death of Mark Haines

POLICE are renewing their appeal for information on the 30-year anniversary of the death of a Tamworth teenager, as the NSW Government announces a reward of up to $500,000 for information.

The body of 17-year-old Mark Anthony Haines was found on train tracks outside of Tamworth on Saturday, January 16, 1988.

Local police investigated the circumstances surrounding the death at the time, later subject to Coronial inquiries, which returned an open finding.

Detectives from Oxley Local Area Command are continuing their inquiries into Mark’s death under Strike Force Puno, in both New South Wales and Queensland.


Supporters of Mark Haines at today’s media statement.

Oxley Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Jeffrey Budd believes there are people out there who know what happened to Mark.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to providing the NSW Police Force with everything that might be required to bring answers to families impacted by unsolved crimes,” Mr Budd said.

“We have received some useful information and support from members of the public on this investigation. Yet we believe there are still people who know exactly what happened to Mark but are either afraid, or unwilling, to share that information with police.

“Mark’s family has been suffering for 30 years, caught in a state of ongoing uncertainty about their beloved relative. After three decades, his family are desperate for closure at the very least – and they deserve that.

“If you have information that may help detectives with information surrounding the circumstances of Mark’s death, please do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Mr Budd said.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.