News State Victoria News Million-dollar reward offered in bid to clear cold case

Million-dollar reward offered in bid to clear cold case

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Investigators have been tantalised by the anonymous tipster's information. Photo: Getty
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A $1 million reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the stabbing murder of Sebastiano Formica in central Victorian 12 years ago.

Police say the 38-year-old was stabbed in a brawl outside a pub on Wyndam Street, Shepparton, about 1am on January 22, 2006.

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Mr Formica was stabbed during a brawl in 2006. Photo: Victorian Police

The forklift driver died in hospital, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Six men were interviewed at the time but no one was charged.

The Homicide Cold Case squad has recently reviewed the case. Detective Inspector Tim Day says there are now several persons of interest and police believe the reward will entice people with information to come forward.

“For 12 years, someone has known who has done this and it’s time that person tells us the truth,” he said in a statement.

“This investigation is not over and detectives will continue working until justice is given to the family of Sebastiano.”.

Homicide investigators and Mr Formica’s family will address the media in Shepparton as part of their plea for information later on Thursday.