The Minister, the Queensland Police Service and members of Mr Wagner’s family are hoping the reward will help generate information that may provide much needed answers regarding the suspected murder of Gerhard.
On January 7, 1999 Gerhard was last seen departing his friend’s boat workshop at Hemmant on his 1986 Kawasaki Virago 750 motorcycle (Queensland registration number IQ877). It is believed he intended to travel to his Wooloowin home, however Gerhard and his motorcycle have never been seen since.
“Gerhard had planned to accompany a friend to dinner that night and return to his friend’s workshop the following day but never made either appointment. Gerhard’s disappearance was out of character and extensive police searches of waterways and roadways failed to locate any trace of Gerhard and his motorbike.
“Police inquiries conducted since the time Gerhard was reported missing through to now have resulted in a strong belief that Gerhard has been murdered,” Detective Superintendent Steve Holahan of the State Crime Command’s Homicide Group said.
Gerhard’s brothers, Paul and Peter Wagner, have sought to find answers to what happened to Gerhard since his disappearance. Today, they are appealing alongside the detectives investigating Gerhard’s suspected murder for the information that may identify the events and circumstances surrounding his disappearance and ultimately, those responsible for Gerhard’s suspected murder.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
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