Police offer $100,000 reward in relation to 2013 death of Gisborne man

Police offer $100,000 reward in relation to 2013 death of Gisborne man

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Police are offering a $100,000 reward to find more information about a 2013 death of a Gisborne man named Ronald Russell Allison.

The 88-year-old had died in a suspicious fire at his home address, 290 Whatatutu Road, Te Karaka, near Gisborne.

The fire started at the address in the early hours of Friday, 25 January 2013.


Mr Allison’s death was a subject of an open and active investigation by Police for nearly eight years. Confidence in the investigation rules that the fire was started intentionally to cause his death.

Source: CC/ SUPPLIED/NZ Police

He lived alone and had limited mobility; a forensic scene examination established the area of origin of the fire was in the kitchen; the wooden farmhouse was quickly burnt to the ground also.

Mr Allison was a much-loved family man, and a respected local farmer, war vet, and a long-time-standing member of his community.

Due to how serious this matter is, Police have offered this reward to anyone that can help, for further investigations into Mr Allison’s death.

“The investigation recently featured on the November 3 TVNZ episode of Cold Case during which Police highlighted the current status of the enquiry, including new information about an item of interest located on the lawn outside Mr Allison’s house,” says Eastern District Criminal Investigations Manager, Detective Inspector Rob Jones.

“The investigation team is encouraged by the information we have received as a result of the recent screening of the Cold Case episode, but we know there are still people who can help us finally solve this case.”

“We are hoping with the time these people now feel in a position to come forward and assist us.”

Source: CC/ SUPPLIED/NZ Police

Police say they will pay out a reward of up to $100,000 for any material information or evidence which would lead to the identity and conviction of any person or people responsible for Mr Allison’s death.

The offer will remain available and in force until April 30 2021.

The Commissioner of Police will determine the amount of the reward. An Apportion payment, where there is more than one claimant.


Anyone with information should go to their nearest Police station or call 0800 COLD CASE. You can also email operationpuha@police.govt.nz or call 105 and quote file number 130125/3212.


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