Victorian coroner fingers cop for the murders of Jennifer Tanner and Adele Bailey but no charges laid

Date: 1984/00/00
Location: , Australia


In 1998 a coroner`s finding into the 1984 death of Victorian mother Jennifer Tanner (pictured left) stated that she had been killed by her brother-in-law, Detective Sergeant Denis Tanner (pictured centre).

**However, the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions announced that no murder charge would be laid against the police officer on the basis that senior prosecutors had confirmed that there was no reasonable prospect of securing a conviction.**

The head of the crime department, Cdr Rod Lambert said the files on the murders of Mrs Tanner and transsexual prostitute Adele Bailey (pictured right) would remain open despite the resignation of Det-Sgt Tanner from the police force.

Miss Bailey disappeared in September 1978 and her skeletal remains were found in a remote and disused mineshaft behind the Tanner`s former farm in Bonnie Doon.

Separate rewards have been offered for information leading to the arrests of the killers of Mrs Tanner and Miss Bailey.

Reward information

$50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Mrs Tanner`s killing. The same amount is being offered for information about the murder of Miss Bailey