WA Police have raided two
properties with links to an outlaw motorcycle gang in relation
to a cold case murder investigation, after receiving "very
credible information" regarding the disappearance of a
raids on the Club Deroes headquarters in Kalgoorlie and the
Perth suburb of Cloverdale come more than 18 years after Lisa
Govan disappeared from Kalgoorlie.
Ms Govan's body has never been
found but police are treating the case as a homicide.
Following the raids, WA Police
announced they were increasing the reward for information about
the case from $50,000 to $250,000.
Ms Govan was 28 when she
vanished from Kalgoorlie in 1999, and was last seen on the
morning of October 8 outside the Foundry Hotel bottle shop on
Police Commissioner Chris
Dawson said the Club Deroes' headquarters in Kalgoorlie was, at
the time, adjacent to where Ms Govan was last seen.
"People associated with
the club are a focus of our investigation," Commissioner
"They are not the only focus,
but they do remain a point of investigation."
But he would not reveal what
police were looking for, or what if anything they found as a
result of today's raids.
Commissioner Dawson urged
anyone who knew anything about the case to come forward, saying
people could do so anonymously.
"We strongly believe there are
people out in the community who know what has happened to Lisa,"
"Ms Govan's family deserve
answers and the community deserves answers."
Despite extensive inquiries by
police and family, Ms Govan's whereabouts remain a mystery.
'We can only hope': family
Speaking after the police
announcement, Lisa's father Ian Govan said he hoped someone
would come forward with new information.
"It's been a long time. A lot
of people have moved on, out of town," he said.
"People have got knowledge
"Hopefully, the announcement
of this increase in the reward will bring somebody forward. We
don't know. We can only hope."
"It doesn't get any easier
with time either," Ms Govan's sister Ginette Jackson added.
"It's still heartbreaking,
even after 18 years, it doesn't change."
At the time of her
disappearance, police investigating the case said they were
struggling with the code of silence synonymous with outlaw
That prompted the then State
Government to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to
the apprehension or conviction of those responsible.