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The state government and police force announced the reward increase this morning.
The move is welcomed by Amber Haigh’s family, who insist the 19-year-old mother never would have left her son.
Ms Haigh went missing on June 5, 2002, after making plans to visit her sick father in hospital at Mt Druitt in Sydney.
Police were told a married couple Ms Haigh lived with dropped the 19-year-old off at Campbelltown Train Station.
Later that evening, money was withdrawn from her bank account at a Commonwealth Bank ATM on Queens Street, Campbelltown.
She was reported missing on June 19 after she failed to return to her Kingsvale home, where she lived with her six-month-old.
Rosalind Wright, Ms Haigh’s mother, said she “knows in her heart she (Amber) would never have left her son”.
Ms Haigh’s sister, Melissa Millar-Hodder, has urged anyone with information about the case to come forward.
“Amber had a kind, warm, loving soul. She would help anyone, anyway she can if she needed help.
“Her son never got to know or grow up with his caring, loving mum
“The impact this has had is feeling incomplete, feeling lost. Not knowing where she is and what happened to Amber, not even to lay her to rest, or pickup the phone of give her hugs one last time; that has been taken away from us.”
Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said police believe Ms Haigh met with foul play.
“But, to date, we’ve have been unable to find enough evidence to prosecute anyone over her disappearance,” he said.
“Police can only expect breakthroughs in these sorts of cases with the help of the public, so please, do what is right and come forward.”
In 2011, a Coronial Inquest found Ms Haigh to be deceased, having died as a result of homicide or other misadventure in early June 2002.
In 2020, a formal review of the case was conducted under the Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide framework and a re-investigation commenced by detectives attached to Strike Force Villamar II.