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Reward of $1.6m available in connection with four linked unsolved murders

Posted on 10/07/2018

The investigation into the suspected murders of Leo Daly, David McWilliams, Robert Pendrgast and Juan Morgan began with the hijacking of a cigarette truck in 1998.

The hijacking by armed men wearing masks and overalls in broad daylight in suburban Adelaide was a big deal, but as it unfolded police uncovered links to men they could not locate.

In particular the disappearances of Mr McWilliams and Mr Daly came to light, later followed by associate Mr Pendergast.

Finally as inquiries progressed, information was received about a further murder – that of 15-year-old Juan Morgan who had not been since 1992, but also appeared connected to the group.

Little information has come to light over the years regarding the disappearance and suspected murders of these four men.

Investigators believe there are probably only three people who know what happened in relation to each of these four men, which is part of the reason these cases remain unsolved.

The tight criminal group were mostly involved with theft, re-birthing stolen vehicles and drug trafficking – with the cigarette truck hijacking their most significant and serious offending before the police investigation disrupted their activities.

There is a total of $1.6 million available in rewards in connection with Operation Jarrah – not just for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible but for recovery of the remains of these four men.

Police did charge two men with one of the murders, but later withdrew the charge after a key witness refused to give evidence.

Anyone with information about these investigations is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at – you can remain anonymous.


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