Nearly 30 years ago, Scott Johnson was pushed off a cliff where gay men were known to meet in Sydney, Australia. He was a 27-year-old mathematician, and his death was ruled a murder just last year. Coroners previously thought his death was a suicide.
The police announced on Dec. 2 that they are offering about $720,000 as a reward for information regarding the investigation. They think Johnson’s murder is linked to a string of hate crimes from the 1980s and 1990s, according to the New York Times. Johnson’s brother, Steve Johnson, flew to Sydney for the announcement.
“I’m very encouraged,” he said in a phone interview with the New York Times. “The million-dollar reward is speaking to the community that the police are taking this seriously and they need people’s help.”
The biggest issue during the investigation was witnesses not coming forward. But the police think the reward will motivate people to share information on the “challenging” case.