Detectives believe a woman who suspiciously vanished near a bikie gang clubhouse more than 20 years ago was murdered – as they offer a $1million reward to help solve the case.
Lisa Govan was 28 years old when she disappeared from ‘wild west’ Kalgoorie, Western Australia, in October 1999.
She was last seen on Boulder Road near the Foundry Hotel – close to the then Deroes bikie gang clubhouse in the town 600km to the east of Perth – in the early hours of October 8 that year.
Ms Govan never returned home.
Police are offering a $1million reward for clues about missing WA woman Lisa Govan
As part of their investigation, WA cops have released photographs of a white 1985 Toyota Landcruiser ute in the hopes they will find its current owner to obtain DNA from the car.
Police allege a similar vehicle arrived at the Deroes clubhouse on the morning of Lisa’s disappearance, departed and later returned.
They have also released CCTV of Ms Govan at the Safari nightclub, just hours before she was last seen.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts says she hopes progress in the case might help Ms Govan’s family find some closure.
‘She had her whole life in front of her, she had a family that loved her, and for 21 years that family has suffered in silence,’ Ms Roberts said.
Ms Govan was described as smiley, chatty, attractive and the ‘life of the party’ by those who knew her.
Lisa Govan (pictured) disappeared from Kalgoorie, in Western Australia, in October 1999
WA cops have released brand new information into Ms Govan’s disappearance
Her disappearance has haunted her parents, Ian and Pat, who have three other children.
The parents faced the media at a press conference as the new $1million reward was announced.
They hope the new reward will help solve the case.
‘This is something we’re pondered over for 21 years,’ Mr Govan said.
‘Finding out where Lisa is would be a big stepping stone for us.
‘The Police Force today is far more dedicated than the one from 21 years ago. Back then Kalgoorlie was a cowboy town.’
In 1999 when Ms Govan went missing, Kalgoorie was referred to as the ‘wild west’.
Detectives believe people in Kalgoorlie know what happened to Ms Govan, but so far they have not spoken up.
Police have released photographs of a white 1985 Toyota Landcruiser ute (pictured), in the hopes they will find its current owner to obtain DNA from the car
A similar vehicle to the landcruiser (pictured) arrived at the Deroes clubhouse on the morning of Ms Govan’s disappearance
‘Police never give up on cases like this one,’ Ms Roberts said.
Ms Roberts said police are prepared to provide protection for anyone who can help them crack the case.
Homicide detectives from the Special Crime Squad recently reviewed Ms Govan’s case, and requested an increase to the $250,000 reward for information.
The state government has agreed to offer a reward of up to $1million for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the suspected abduction and murder.
Extra police officers are manning Crimestoppers phone lines on 1800 333 000 in the hope that people can provide fresh information.
In 1999 when Ms Govan (pictured) went missing, Kalgoorie was the ‘wild west’, said people who lived there
Police have also released CCTV of Ms Govan at the Safari nightclub, just hours before she was last seen