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Million-dollar reward to solve infamous model murder mystery

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Sydney model Revelle Balmain was 22, beautiful and had everything to live for when she disappeared from Kingsford on November 5, 1994.

The sister of long-missing model Revelle Balmain has spoken of her continued grief 27 years after her disappearance.

Ms Balmain was last seen in the Sydney suburb of Kingsford on November 5, 1994, at the age of 22.

Now, 27 years after her disappearance, a $1 million reward has been offered to help crack one of Australia's most infamous murder mysteries.

Ms Balmain's half-sister Suellen Simpson has told police that the grief of losing her continues to this day.

"For many years, our family worked tirelessly to find out what happened to my sister – but sadly both our mother and Revelle's father, Ivor, passed away without ever knowing what happened to their little girl," Ms Simpson said.

"Losing someone that is close to you – you're never the same person again. I truly hope this reward will prompt someone to come forward with information that will help police find those responsible for Revelle's disappearance.

"It is my personal hope that this reward may also help us find Revelle – so that I may finally put her to rest."

Police hope the major reward, offered by the state government and coupled with a public appeal later today, will encourage someone to come forward with a vital missing piece of information.

Before her disappearance, Ms Balmain had told friends she had fallen in love and was about to embark on a six-week dance tour of Japan.

She was working as a sex worker but November 5, the day she was last seen alive, was meant to be her last shift. 

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But she wasn't seen again publicly after her agency's driver dropped her at an address in Kingsford.

Her boyfriend at the time reported her missing that night, followed by her mother the next day.

An investigation was launched the following Monday, and those close to Ms Balmain were immediately concerned.

After an inquest in 1999, the coroner ruled Ms Balmain had been murdered and the matter was referred to NSW Police's unsolved homicide unit.

A senior detective was assigned to the case following a formal review last year, police said in a statement released this morning.

Source: 9News

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