New Lead In Warneke Murder Investigation

Cold case breakthrough

21 September 2017

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Police are appealing for information on what could be a fresh lead in the Josh Warneke murder case.

Investigators want to speak to anyone who knows anything about the driver of a white ute, with 'BUNDY' novelty plates, seen near where Mr Warneke's body was found in Broome.

Acting Detective Superintendent Pete Branchi from the Special Crime Division said the LandCruiser drove along Short Street into Old Broome Road around the time of Josh’s death early on Friday, February 26, 2010,

“Despite all the publicity about this case since 2010 the driver of the LandCruiser has never come forward, so we are appealing for public assistance to identify the vehicle, its driver and any other occupants,” Acting Detective Superintendent Branchi said.

The case has been the centre of controversy, after Gene Gibson was wrongfully convicted over the murder.

Mr Gibson was only this year released from prison on appeal.


The State Government is offering a $250,000 reward for information about the murder as well as recommending a protection from prosecution, or a pardon, in some circumstances for persons not directly involved in Josh’s death.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at

Phone calls and online reports to Crime Stoppers can both be made anonymously.

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