Searching for answers

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The daughter of an Albany man who was tragically killed in an unsolved hit-and-run 20 years ago has pleaded with the public to help police piece together the ongoing investigation into his death.

Picture by Laurie Benson: Daughter Casey Greay, holding seven-week-old Sienna, and brother Zane Gregory

Mark Gregory, 28, was killed in the early hours of April 7, 1991 on Mercer Road as he walked home from a party, leaving behind his wife and high school sweetheart Leeanne and children Zane (4) and Casey (2).

Police have ever since been baffled by the circumstances surrounding Mr Gregory’s death.

Albany’s coroner at the time, Alison Robins, determined the cause of death to be chest and abdominal injuries suffered when struck by a motor vehicle, but stopped short of calling for an inquest despite the vehicle or offending driver never being found.

Despite a multitude of leads in the past 20 years including anonymous telephone calls, doorknocks and even an appearance by Mr Gregory’s family on TV series Australia’s Most Wanted in 1993, police are yet to solve the crime.

Now, 20 years on and with only photographic memories of her father, who was described as a “hard-working, fun-loving family man”, his 22-year-old daughter Casey Greay, whose seven-week old daughter will grow up without ever knowing her grandfather, wants answers.

“It’s got to that point where all we want is closure,” Mrs Greay said.

“We’ve tried to get on with life but people just keep bringing it up.”

“The only way the subject is ever going to stop being talked about is if something is found or the crime is solved.”

Mrs Greay believes someone in Albany’s community might know information that could help lead to indentifying her father’s killer.

It’s a notion shared by Great Southern traffic enforcement group’s Senior Constable Norm Gill, whose involvement in the case began two years ago when fresh information came to hand.

Now, the self-confessed methodologist is determined to piece the case together, reviewing intelligence from the past 20 years in an effort to indentify the offender.

“We objectively look at what we know to be fact and what hasn’t been substantiated and how we can go about verifying or dismissing that intelligence,” Sen. Const. Gill explained.

“It’s going to be an ongoing and long investigation and we can’t guarantee we’ll get closure for the family, but we’re doing everything we can to achieve that goal.

“If there is anyone out there who for whatever reason was unable to provide information at the time, whose circumstances might have changed now, we’d love to hear from them.”

Anyone with information regarding Mark Gregory’s death should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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