Community, Crime

Missing woman’s family raise reward money

Twenty-seven-year-old Jessica has been missing since 19 March. Photo: Supplied.

The family of missing Renwick woman Jessica Boyce hope a reward will lead to information to reunite them.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jessica has been missing since 19 March.

With no confirmed sightings of her since, her cousin and close friend Aaron Goodwin, has launched a bid to raise $50,000 to use as a reward.

He says he hopes the money will entice someone to come forward with details which will lead them to Jess or able them to recover her body.

“The information you provide must lead directly to Jess, or, worst case scenario, her body,” he says.

The Dunedin-based businessman launched a Givealittle page two days ago.

More than $800 has already been donated.

Any money raised will be put towards a reward, even if the total amount is not raised.

He urged anyone who thought they might be able to help to come forward as quickly as possible.

“The reward will not be shared among multiple people who provide the information we need. If you know something then first in first served, speak up quickly.

“If we don’t meet the fundraising goal, all the money still goes toward a reward.

“Please give what you can. Every bit helps,” he says.

Jessica was last seen leaving Renick in her mother’s red Holden Rodeo which was later discovered abandoned on a mountain track near Lake Chalice.

There was no sign of Jess in or near the vehicle, but her  phone, wallet, cash and phone (missing a Sim card) had been left inside.

The vehicle was unlocked with the keys still in the ignition. The battery was dead, and the fuel gauge was sitting just above ‘E’.

​Police and LandSAR searched the immediate area around Lake Chalice for much of the following week but there was no sign of Jessica.

Jess’s disappearance is still being treated as a missing persons case by police, says Aaron.

“In the event Jess is found before anyone claims the reward, the money will be used for any treatment Jess may require, with the remainder going to charity.

“If no witnesses come forward and Jess is not found, the money will be kept for a reasonable amount of time to allow witnesses to come forward at a later date, before being donated to charity,” he says.

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