On the 36th anniversary of her death, Homicide Squad detectives are today announcing a $1 million reward in relation to the 1982 murder of Jenny Rose Ng in Richmond.
Police were called to Jenny’s Elizabeth Street flat on Friday, 23 April after she was found dead by her two daughters.
The girls, aged nine and seven at the time, returned home from school for lunch about 12.30pm and located their mother lying on the lounge room floor.
She had been stabbed a significant number of times.
Their sister, aged 11 months at the time, was in a bassinette in her mother’s bedroom unharmed.
The pair then ran to a neighbour’s property to raise the alarm and police were called.
Jenny was last seen alive that morning by her daughters and her son, who was 11-years-old at the time, that morning when she helped them get ready for school.
They all left the flat about 8.30am, leaving their mother with their youngest sister.
Jenny was 39-years-old at the time of her death and was described as a devoted mother to her children and a dutiful daughter to her parents.
She had separated from her husband at the time of her death.
Jenny’s family was originally from Hong Kong, however were now living close by in Kew.
Extensive inquiries have been made over the past 36 years, all information received was investigated and a number of people have been interviewed in relation to Jenny Rose’s death however detectives have been unable to solve the case.
In September 1982 the State Government posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for her death.
Today’s announcement significantly increases that reward to $1 million.
Officer in charge of the Homicide Squad, Detective Inspector Tim Day, said the circumstances of Jenny’s death were horrific.
“For her children to come home and find her murdered is almost beyond contemplation,” he said.
“This is particularly the case given the circumstances of her death and the fact that her youngest daughter was in the property at the time she was murdered.
“I can only begin to imagine how devastating that was for her children to go through.
“Four children have had to grow up without their mother in their lives; they have had to live with this tragedy and feel the loss every single day.
“We still don’t know why Jenny was murdered and we’re hoping that by announcing this reward today, we will get information that leads to detectives finding who is responsible.”
Detective Inspector Day said he believed there are still people out there who have information critical to this investigation.
“Detectives established that a male entered Jenny’s flat approximately 10.30am on the day she was killed,” he said.
“This is significant as investigators are confident that this person may have known Jenny and ultimately may have been involved in her murder.
“To date, this person has not been identified.
“Someone knows why this happened and who is responsible.
“They’ve had 36 years to live with this information and for it to sit on their conscience.
“Jenny Rose’s family have also had 36 difficult years to live with what happened to their mother, their daughter.
“It is never too late to tell us what you know and any piece of information, no matter how insignificant you might consider it to be, could be exactly what investigators need.
“I’m urging anyone with any information at all regarding the circumstances of Jenny Rose’s death to come forward and tell us what you know.”
A reward of up to $1 million 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 murder.
In appropriate cases, the Director of Public Prosecutions may 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.
Reviewed 09 January 2020