Police have released forensically updated composite images of a man being sought in connection with a cold case murder in Melbourne 40 years ago.
- Thomas Cooper and his girlfriend were inside a car at Ricketts Point in 1980 when they were attacked by a gunman
- Police have released updated images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the shooting
- The images have been updated to show what the man may look like now
A $1 million reward is being offered for information about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Thomas Cooper.
Mr Cooper and his 16-year old girlfriend were sitting in a car at Ricketts Point, in Beaumaris, on August 18, 1980, when a man wearing a hat approached the car and smashed the driver’s side window.
Mr Cooper tried to drive away but the man shot him several times.
His girlfriend managed to steer the car away from the area and was uninjured.
Murder scene a popular spot for couples to go parking
Detective Inspector Dean Thomas, from the Victoria Police Homicide Squad, said the motive for the murder was unclear.
“There are a number of possibilities, including that the shooting was sexually motivated and the girl in the car may have been the target,” he said.
“We know that many couples regularly went to this location, so the offender may have been stalking the area in the lead-up to the shooting.
At the time of the murder, police released a composite image of a man they wanted to speak to.
That image has now been forensically updated to show what the man might look like in 2020.
Police also said the man may have been wearing the hat as part of a disguise.
“I want people to consider whether these digital images show a person they know or can identify for us,” Detective Inspector Thomas said.
“That person may not necessarily be from the Beaumaris or Ricketts Point area, and they may not necessarily have regularly worn a hat.”
Detective Inspector Thomas said Mr Cooper’s family had gone 40 years without answers about his death and hoped finding his killer would finally give them peace.