$1m reward for missing dancer
A $1 million reward has been announced for information to help solve the suspicious disappearance of Melbourne dancer Shari Davison 25 years ago.
Ms Davison, who was aged 27 at the time, was reported missing by her employer on February 21, 1995 after she didn't show up for work three days earlier.
Missing Person Squad detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said police believed the mother-of-one was murdered, but despite an extensive investigation, they are still searching for answers.
A $50,000 reward for information was previously offered in June 2012.
Detectives have been able to trace Ms Davison's movements and have established on February 17, 1995 she left a strip club in Dandenong about 10.50pm in the company of a female colleague.
They travelled to Croydon and remained at a sporting club for a short time before travelling to the Mentone Hotel where they stayed with two male friends until about 1am.
Ms Davison and one of the men, who was her boyfriend at the time, left the hotel and went to a house in Hampton, where they stayed until 2am before taking a taxi to Crown Casino.
About 7am her boyfriend left her on her own at the casino and that was the last time he saw her.
It is believed Ms Davison left the casino about 7.40am and travelled home to Footscray in a taxi.
Police have been able to establish that she later left her Footscray home and made two phone calls sometime between midday and 2pm from a public phone box at a nearby service station on Ballarat Road, Footscray.
One of the calls was to her employer confirming she would be at work that evening, but she never arrived.
The second call was to her boyfriend, arranging to meet him to collect personal items including her mobile phone charger.
"It may be 25 years since Shari disappeared; however, I would like to strongly reinforce to the community that this is very much an active investigation," Insp Stamper said.
"There is the possibility that the person or persons responsible for Shari's death may have spoken to someone about Shari, and today's reward announcement may lead to them finally coming forward with information."
Ms Davison's parents, Sandra and Tom Davison, said not a day goes by without them missing her and wondering what happened to her.
"We are moving toward the end of our lives now, and we are running out of time to find the answers we desperately need," they said.
"The most torturing and heartbreaking part of all this is that her young son Luke, and her sister Cheryl, will still have to go on living with this horrible 'unknown-ness' for the rest of their lives too.
"We will all love Shari forever, but love doesn't give us any peace - we desperately need answers so Shari, and all of us, can finally rest peacefully."
A reward of up to $1 million will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner for information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for Ms Davison's death.
Anyone with information about the murder of Shari Davison is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Originally published as $1m reward for missing dancer