Gerhard Bruno WAGNER



The Minister for Police and Corrective Services has approved a reward of $250 000 be offered for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Gerhard Bruno Wagner at Brisbane on or about 7 Janurary 1999.

In the case of an offence being identified, an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be recommended for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who first gives such information.

The allocation of the $250 000 reward will be at the sole discretion of the Commissioner of the Police Service.

The last confirmed sighting of the missing person was as he left a friend’s premise at Hemmant at about 3.00pm on 7 January 1999 on his motor cycle, a 1986 Kawasaki 750 Virago. Mr Wagner had stated his intention to return the next day but never arrived. He was reported as a missing person on 18 January 1999.

Extensive land and water searches failed to find any evidence of the missing person. All inquiries to date have failed to locate Mr Wagner or determine the exact circumstances surrounding his disappearance. Investigating police consider that Gerhard Wagner may have met with foul play.

Any member of the public with information which could assist Police is asked to contact:

Office of the Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service




Reward announcement – Suspected murder of Gerhard Bruno Wagner


The Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services has announced the approval of a $250,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suspected murder of Gerhard Bruno Wagner in January 1999.

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 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or 24hrs a day.