Cold case: Jane Thurgood-Dove

Learn about the murder of Jane Thurgood-Dove and assist Victoria Police with any information you may have to help solve the case.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing to appeal for information in relation to the murder of Jane Thurgood-Dove in Niddrie in 1997.

The 34-year-old mother of three was gunned down in front of her children in the driveway of her Muriel Street home on 6 November, 1997.

On the afternoon of her death, Jane had picked up her three children from school and preschool and had just arrived back at her house.

It was around 3.40pm when Jane stepped out of her 4WD while her children, aged 11, six and three, were still seated in the back.

A stolen metallic blue Holden Commodore pulled up outside the front of her property and a gunman stepped out and shot Jane while she stood in her driveway.

The Holden was later found torched in nearby Farrell Street.

Detectives have interviewed a number of persons of interest over the past two decades, however no one has ever been charged with Jane’s murder.

Two of these persons of interest have since passed away.

Police believe a number of people connected to Jane’s death are likely to remain at large in the community, including the person responsible for organising the shooting and the driver of the getaway vehicle.

A reward of $100,000 was initially offered for information in relation to Jane’s death, however this was subsequently increased in 2003 to $1 million.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will also consider an indemnity from prosecution to anyone providing information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons involved.

Detectives believe the passage of time may mean someone in the community is now able to come forward and tell investigators what they know about the young mother’s death.

Police also believe that Jane was sadly the victim of mistaken identity and not the intended target of the shooting.

Police have released a photo of Jane and urge anyone with knowledge of who is responsible for her murder to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report via the Crime Stoppers Victoria website.(opens in a new window)