$1m rewards for unsolved murders!

June 2, 2003 - THE Victorian Government is offering unprecedented $1 million rewards for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for two unsolved murders.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed the murders of Jane Thurgood-Dove and Vicki Jacobs would be the first crimes to be listed under the State's new major crimes reward fund.

Ms Thurgood-Dove, 35, was shot dead in front of her three children in the driveway of her Niddrie home, in Melbourne's west, in November 1997.

She was ambushed after pulling up in her driveway in her four-wheel drive, having just picked up her children from school.

Ms Jacobs, the 37-year-old former wife of double murderer Gerald Preston, was shot in her Bendigo flat while sleeping next to her six-year-old son in June 1999.

Police believe both murders may have underworld links and hope the inflated reward may draw out the information needed to lay charges.

Ms Thurgood-Dove's father John Magill said he had pushed for the reward to be increased from $100,000 to $1 million since May last year.

"It's pretty obvious for us, for our family and even for our close friends offering us support that this is important and we're pleased the Government is supporting the idea,"Mr Magill told AAP.

"Hopefully the police will get a result from this."


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