Missing Persons Squad detectives are continuing to appeal for information in relation to the 2005 suspicious disappearance of Whittington man Trevor Tascas.
Police believe the 27-year-old went missing some time between 7 and 10 October, 2005.
At the time he went missing, Trevor had been residing at an address in Thatcher Court, Whittington with another man.
He had sporadic contact with his mother around that time, however she became increasingly concerned when she did not hear from him for some weeks and on 1 April 2006 reported him missing at Geelong police station.
Trevor’s disappearance was treated as suspicious and initially investigated by the Homicide Squad.
His body has never been located.
Investigators believe Trevor had been involved in a dispute with his flatmate prior to his disappearance.
Police have also confirmed that after Trevor’s disappearance, a number of his personal items including a vehicle and furniture were sold off and his dog was given away.
A number of withdrawals were made from Trevor’s bank account in July and August 2006, however police have since established Trevor was not responsible for those transactions.
His phone was last used on 7 October, 2005.
In July 2008, a man and a woman were charged in relation to Trevor’s death.
The man was charged with murder and later sentenced to 23 years imprisonment, however he appealed his conviction and in 2011 it was quashed.
A retrial on the charge of manslaughter was ordered, however in 2013 the jury gave a verdict of not guilty.
The woman was charged with being an accessory after the fact to manslaughter and obtain property by deception in, and in 2009 was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
In 2020, an inquest was held in relation to Trevor’s death.
Police believe there are still people out there who have information about who was responsible for the incident which resulted in Trevor’s death.
They are also keen to speak to anyone with information about Trevor’s movements or interactions in the weeks leading up to his disappearance.
A reward of up to $1M will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police, for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Trevor Tascas.
The Director of Public Prosecutions will consider, according to established guidelines, the granting of indemnification from prosecution to any person who provides information as to the identity of the principal offender or offenders in this matter.
Police are hoping the reward will encourage someone to come forward with information.
Investigators are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have information however have not previously spoken to police, or circumstances may previously have made it difficult to speak to police.
While over 15 years have passed, investigators believe there are still people out there with information that could help solve this case and give Trevor’s family some answers.
Reviewed 27 July 2022