Christopher Dean WATKINS

 

Missing man Christopher Watkins was last sighted in Mayfield on the evening of August 7, 2013.

 

Circumstances

Christopher Watkins was last seen at approximately midnight on Tuesday 7th August 2013 in the Mayfield, TASMANIA area.

 

Mayfield's Christopher Dean Watkins, 29, went missing without a trace around midnight on August 7. He had just been dropped off by a friend to Thompson's Lane in Mayfield.

Police and family are unsure what happened to Mr Watkins but hold grave fears for his safety. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers 1800333000.

 

Does anyone out there know the whereabouts of Chris Watkins?

Chris went missing from Mayfield, Tasmania in August 2013. His family need closure, and are begging anyone that may have any information at all to the whereabouts of their beloved brother, cousin, uncle, & son, to please come forward (even anonymously) by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Plea for missing son to come home

"WE just want him home," Alanvale mother Lillian Watkins says of her son Christopher Dean Watkins, who was last seen about 12 days ago.

Mr Watkins, 28, was reported missing to police on Saturday.

He had been staying with friends at Mayfield.

Mrs Watkins said she did not know what had happened to her eldest son.

"It's just out of character for him not to be in contact with his two brothers," she said.

"They are very close. His family is missing him.

"I got concerned myself on Monday last week when I knew that he did not access his bank account, but his brother Sean had concerns before that.

"I just want him to come home or make contact with me or Sean or his dad Ray, just to let us know that he is OK, or if there is a particular reason why he has gone away for a while.

"Please contact us and let us know you're OK."

Mr Watkins is about 170 centimetres tall, of medium build, with a bald head, blue eyes and tattoos.

Police urge anyone with information about his whereabouts to call Launceston police on 63363701 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

Christopher Dean Watkins: Tasmanian Police offer $50,000 reward in case of missing Launceston man

Updated 

Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information that helps them solve the case of the disappearance of a Launceston man two years ago.

Christopher Dean Watkins, 28, was last seen at a unit in Box Street, Mayfield, on August 7, 2013 and police now strongly suspect he was murdered.

Tasmania Police Detective Inspector John King said Mr Watkins made a panicked phone call to a family member after two men he had a troubled history with visited the Mayfield home he shared with four other men.

Detective Inspector King said all six men are believed to have misled police about what happened to Mr Watkins.

"All the people who were living at that address, and the two people who visited, are definitely persons of interest for murder," he said.

"If they weren't involved in the murder, they were involved in perverting the course of justice."

He said the reward may encourage people who have information about the case to come forward.

"There are people out there who know what happened and who know who is responsible," he said.

"We're anticipating that with the passage of time and the inducement of this reward there will be people who may reconsider their choice to remain silent."

National Missing Persons Week begins on Sunday with the theme "follow your instincts".

Police said it was a myth that people had to wait for 24 hours before they can report someone as missing.

Police ask anyone who has information on any of these cases to contact them on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers or anonymously 1800 333 000.

Men charged with conspiracy over investigation into missing man Christopher Watkins

TWO men have been charged in connection with the disappearance and suspected murder of Launceston man Christopher Dean Watkins.

The two men, both from Launceston, have been charged with conspiracy.

Police allege the men, aged 22 and 23, conspired to pervert the due course of justice by deliberately providing false information during the police investigation.

Mr Watkins was last sighted in Mayfield on the evening of August 7, 2013.

His disappearance has been the subject of an intensive police investigation since he went missing.

A $50,000 reward was offered last week for information leading to a prosecution in the case.

“Both these men are alleged to have been living at the address at which Mr Watkins was last seen,” Northern CIB Detective Inspector John King said.

“We allege that they have provided false information about the events of that night.

“Investigations are ongoing and we anticipate additional charges against others as more information comes to hand.”

 

Woman convicted over false statement in suspected Launceston murder case

Shae Lee Parker, 24, was interviewed by police on August 27 in 2013 over the disappearance of Mr Watkins, who has not been seen since August 7.
 

Parker made a statutory declaration to police in which she said her brother had turned up at her house with two friends, known as Old Buddha and Red, on the night of Mr Watkins disappearance. 
 

She was interviewed again in August 2015 and told police her previous statement was false.

Parker told police that on the night of Mr Watkins’s disappearance, her brother arrived at her home about 11pm and was upset and shaking. 
 

Her brother then told her he and Mr Watkins had been taken from his house, hog tied and put into the boot of a car before being driven to bushland, ripped from the car and interrogated by Old Buddha and Red.

He told her Watkins was shot and told to run and when he did not cooperate, he was shot again and Parker’s brother was forced to watch and then help bury Mr Watkins.
 

Parker pleaded guilty to charges of failing to report the killing of a person and making a false declaration.

Supreme Court judge Shan Tennent said in her sentencing report: “You had no direct involvement in the events which you accept resulted in Mr Watkins death.
 

“It is difficult to say just what impact on the police investigation into the death your failure to disclose might have had.”
 

Parker was convicted in the Launceston Supreme Court on Monday and sentenced to nine months in prison, wholly suspended.

She was ordered to pay a victim of crime compensation levy of $100 within 28 days.
 

“I accept that when you first spoke to police in 2013 you feared for your own and your brother’s safety … in my view the prospects of rehabilitation, given 

your age and circumstances should assume greater importance than general deterrence.”

 

Christopher Dean Watkins disappearance case produces new twist

 

Matthew James Badkin has been charged with one count of perverting the course of justice. His trial began in the Launceston Supreme Court on Monday.

Police suspect Mr Watkins, who was last seen at a Box Street unit in Mayfield on the evening of August 7, 2013, was murdered.

Justice Robert Pearce told the jury that Mr Badkin had been accused of attempting to pervert justice by giving false information to police relating to his whereabouts on or about August 13, 2013 and on or about September 27 that same year.

The presentation of evidence in Mr Badkin's trial will begin on Tuesday and witnesses will include a woman understood to be Mr Badkin's ex-partner, as well as Mr Watkins' brother.

Justice Pearce said the court was aiming to wrap up the trial by Thursday but that it could go longer.

If you know anything about Mr Watkins' disappearance, call Launceston CIB on 131 444.

 

 

2019 - CHRISTOPHER Watkins, last seen at Mayfield (Launceston) on August 7, 2013, aged 28.

Mr Watkins was last seen with a number of associates in the area of Box Street, Mayfield.

Mr Watkins, 28, is described as 170cm tall, medium build, shaved bald head, blue eyes, and a

fair complexion. He has tattoos of barbed wire on his left bicep, a brick wall on his left wrist,

an 8-ball on his inner left arm and a Celtic band on his left thigh.

A police investigation remains ongoing into the disappearance and suspected murder of

Mr Watkins.

A $50,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to a prosecution in the case.

Three people have been charged and convicted with various crimes concerning Mr Watkins including failing to report the killing of a person, perverting the course of justice, conspiring

to pervert the due course of justice, and making a false statutory declaration.