Bjarne Carlsen.
Bjarne Carlsen.

Police post $100,000 reward to catch killer from 2000 case

HOMICIDE detectives investigating the shooting murder of a popular high school teacher in country NSW hope the temptation of a $100,000 reward will help them catch his killer.

It's been almost 14 years since 53-year-old Bjarne Carlsen was found dead with the letters "KKK" written on his body, in his flat at Brewarrina, in the state's north west.

A woodwork teacher at the local school, Mr Carlsen was affectionately referred to as BJ and had two adult sons.

He was living within the teacher's accommodation complex when he was shot in the chest on January 27, 2000.

Media outlets reported at the time that the same letters had also been printed on Mr Carlsen's wall, suggesting the attack may have been linked to white supremacists.

Detective Chief Inspector John Lehmann from the unsolved homicide squad said many aspects of Mr Carlsen's death remained a mystery and hoped the reward would lead to a breakthrough.

Mr Carlsen's sole surviving son Marcell said the past 13 years had been agonising for his family and friends.

"Both his father's and other son's lives were also tragically shortened as a consequence of his death, and his family dearly want closure," Marcell said.

"We sincerely hope this reward will prompt someone to come forward and provide police with the critical information they need to swiftly find and bring Dad's murderer to justice."

Mr Carlsen's death is being investigated by Strike Force Redcliffe II.

Anyone with information to assist police should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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