A three-year cold case review by Albany detectives into the tragic death of an Albany man who was struck and killed by a car on Mercer Road in 1991 has found the incident was probably homicide.
Mark Edward Gregory was walking east on Mercer Road in the early hours of April 7 nearly 22 years ago when he was run down by a car and found dead 400m from the Lower King Road intersection.
In 2009 his unsolved hit-and-run case was reopened when fresh information came to hand, and last year Mr Gregory’s children went public with a plea for more information to help police solve their father’s case. Now police believe Mr Gregory’s death was most likely murder, and they have multiple suspects.
Senior Constable Norm Gill said police suspect more than one person was involved in the crime.
“As the result of the review and having spoken to members of the public and multiple calls to Crime Stoppers, we’ve found new lines of enquiries and as a result we’ve identified some suspects,” he said.
Sen. Const. Gill said information provided suggested foul play and led police to believe the hit-and-run was a deliberate act.
“Someone out there knows exactly what happened, someone has purposefully killed Mr Gregory and those people associated need to be held accountable for their actions,” he said.
He added Mr Gregory’s family, high school sweetheart Leanne and their two children Casey Greay and Zane Gregory, deserved answers to their partner and father’s death which has haunted them for more than 20 years.
Mrs Greay, whose 19-month-old daughter Sienna was robbed of the chance to meet her grandfather, said news her father was murdered was “hard to hear” but she was thankful a breakthrough was made in the investigation.
She has established a Facebook page titled Mark Edward Gregory RIP dedicated to her father and to try and source more information about his murder.
“Anyone can contact us through that or private message us if they want to remain anonymous, anything, big or small that anyone knows,” she said.
“There’d be a bit of relief if we could finally lay dad to rest.”
Acting Detective Sergeant Carl Fjastad urged the public to continue helping police.
“I think it would be unnatural to believe the person who was driving that car wouldn’t have said something to someone … come forward now, it’s not too late.”