Heartbroken family offer $50k desperate search for answer
THE heartbroken family of a former Warwick police officer who went missing six years ago has offered a $50,000 reward for information about his disappearance.
Senior Sergeant Mick Isles was last seen at his north Queensland home on September 23, 2009.
The respected police officer served in Warwick until 1989, before shifting to Ayre Police Station where we worked until his disappearance.
A coronial inquest in 2012 determined Snr Sgt Isles took his own life. His family announced a $50,000 reward in the wake of an ongoing appeal before the Brisbane District Court to have the coroner's finding set aside.
His son, Steven Isles, a former Warwick resident and police officer, told the Daily News the family would do what it took to get the money, even if it meant remortgaging their homes.
"Where there's a will, there's a way - collectively as a family we could come up with $50,000," he said.
"We'd certainly be prepared to pay a $50,000 reward if somebody comes forward with credible information that results in us finding his body."
The family maintains Snr Sgt Isles would not have taken his life and has always suspected foul play was involved.
Mr Isles said new information and a number of "inconsistencies" in the police investigation into his father's disappearance had spurred the family into action.
"Our family can't rest easy knowing everything hasn't be done," he said.
"We have the evidence to clearly show a weighted and biased police investigation."
Mr Isles said the family was not met with an "open arms investigation" and claims Queensland Police told them not to speak to the media.
"It (the investigation) wasn't something that was done in a professional way," he said.
The Isles family says it has been blown away by public support, which increased in the wake of new information this year.
"It's been overwhelming the support from the public," Mr Isles said.
"I'm seeing support coming from the community stronger now than before."
Snr Sgt Isles was a respected, hands-on member of the Warwick community, who coached a number of rugby league teams.
An appeal heard in the Brisbane District Court on November 16 failed to produce a result for the family, with Judge Douglas McGill reserving his judgement.
The family is urging anybody with any information about Snr Sgt Isles whereabouts to email FindQPSMickIsles@hotmail.com.