27 November, 2023
Reward for missing Yarrabah teenager
A REWARD for information about the whereabouts of missing Yarrabah teenager Markiah Major may be considered by Queensland police after their investigation concludes.
A police service spokeswoman said investigations were ongoing into the location of the 17-year-old.
“Cairns police continue to update the family regularly on the status of the investigation,” she said.
“At the conclusion of the investigation, police will consider other options available.
“Police continue to appeal to anyone who may know the whereabouts of Markiah to make contact with them.”
Mr Major has not been seen by family members since mid-August, in Brophy St, Westcourt. Grandmother Adelaide Sands wrote to Mulgrave MP and the Speaker of the House Curtis Pitt seeking his support for the reward.
“Since reporting this disappearance to the police there has been a considerable amount of time, resources and publicity given to Markiah’s disappearance, however the leads and information appear to be scant,” she said.
Ms Sands said there had been three searches of bushland at Yarrabah, considerable media coverage including a front page in Cairns Local News as well as digital billboards on Ray Jones Drive, Mulgrave Rd and at Yarrabah.
“Unfortunately, this blanket coverage has not yielded many leads for police and family,” she said.
“On behalf of the family we now seek the support of yourself and your team, to advocate on behalf of the family for a reward for information regarding the disappearance of Markiah Major.”
Mr Pitt acknowledged the request from the family and noted the police investigation is still ongoing.