An anonymous person with detailed information about the suspicious disappearance of a British man in Brisbane 21 years ago may hold the key to solving the cold case.
Police believe Steven Goldsmith was murdered around the time he disappeared in July 2000, and there are people who know what happened.
A $250,000 reward is now being offered for information which leads to the conviction of those responsible.
One person has made contact with investigators a number of times in the years since Mr Goldsmith’s disappearance and last contacted police in 2006.
The last confirmed sighting was on July 10, 2000 when Mr Goldsmith was seen on CCTV at the Commonwealth Bank ATM (pictured) in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm
‘This caller has provided information that is very specific on what happened to Steven, I won’t go into detail, but I am appealing for that person to make contact with the investigators again,’ Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said.
‘We encourage anyone who has information and for whatever reason has remained silent, to put that aside and come forward and speak with us.’
The last confirmed sighting was on July 10, 2000 when Mr Goldsmith was seen on CCTV at the Commonwealth Bank ATM in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm.
Detective Inspector Hansen believes the $3,000 Mr Goldsmith withdrew from the ATM ‘could well be’ connected to the events that lead to his death.
One anonymous caller who has haunted investigators for two decades with information that was ‘too specific’ on Mr Goldsmiths disappearance has been called forward by police
‘We’ve seen a homicide motive for a lot less. $3,000 is a lot of cash for someone to be taking out,’ he said.
Police located his vehicle and work tools at the Sydney street unit and his car keys, credit cards, passport and driver’s licence were found inside the home.
There was also a load of washing still in the dryer.
At the time he was living in Brisbane suburb New Farm and was contracted by the Toowoomba City Council as an arborist.
Mr Goldsmith was contracted as an aborist for the Toowoomba city council when he vanished
He spent time in the Fortitude Valley and New Farm areas and was known to frequent bars, clubs and boarding houses, and was experimenting with drugs, police said.
As well as the $250,000 reward, protection from prosecution is being offered for people not directly responsible for the crime.
‘Any person who was involved in the crime but did not commit the crime who comes forward and speaks with police, is eligible for this indemnity from prosecution, Police Minister Mark Ryan said.
Mr Goldsmith was 28 years old at the time of his disappearance.
Police believe Steven Goldsmith (pictured) was murdered around the time he disappeared in July 2000
He was around 175cm tall, spoke with an English accent, had red hair and freckles and a fair complexion.
He had several tattoos, including an eagle on his shoulder blade, and walked with a slight limp from a work injury.
Detective Inspector Hansen said Steven’s disappearance was out of character and ‘strongly believes’ people in the community have crucial information on the case.
‘He was in regular contact with his family in England and he had upcoming plans in life he was looking forward to’.
In 2007, his disappearance was referred to the Coroner whose findings determined Mr Goldsmith to be deceased.
Mr Hansen said there was ‘no evidence of Mr Goldsmith’ living beyond the date of his disappearance on July 10, 2000.
‘The proof of life checks that we conduct with missing persons, with homicide investigations, there has been no movement – bank accounts, contact with family, contact with friends,’ he said.
‘Steven’s parents need and deserve to know what happened to their son.’