“A South Australian Government Reward for up to $200,000 has been offered for information leading to the apprehension/convictions of the person or people responsible for this murder.”
Samuel Hayward, aged 46 years, was found murdered in his Kingston Park unit on 22 November 1988. Mr Hayward was believed to be single at the time of his death, however, police are interested in a link to the gay community at the time.. The cause of death was a series of blows to his head with a dumbbell, which was located next to his body.
Medical opinion is that the death occurred on Sunday 20 November 1988.
One single unidentified fingerprint belonging to the probable offender was found in Mr Hayward’s bathroom. The suspect is believed to have stolen Mr Hayward’s vehicle, wallet and credit cards as well as other personal possessions. Subsequent enquiries established that his credit cards had been used after his death in Victoria and New South Wales to purchase fuel and accommodation.
Mr Hayward’s vehicle and some possessions were recovered in Wollongong, NSW. These items were recovered by NSW Detectives and fingerprint examinations were conducted on all suitable items with an unidentified fingerprint located on the vehicle. This fingerprint was matched to the one located at his home address.
Credit card vouchers were recovered from various service stations and motels and the documents were subjected to fingerprint examination that yielded a further unidentified fingerprint.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on
1 800 333 000, on-line or email an investigator.