It was December 10, 1988, when Scott Johnson’s naked body was found at the base of Manly’s North Head.
The talented mathematician was just 27 years old.
The PhD student, who was originally from the United States, was completing his doctorate in Sydney.
For years after his body was found, authorities thought Scott’s death was the result of a suicide.
Then, in 2017, state coroner Michael Barnes ruled that Scott was a victim of a gay hate attack, and that he was either pushed or fell to his death while trying to escape one or more attackers.
The State Coroner has found Scott Johnson died as a result of a gay hate crime. His body was found at the bottom of North Head in Manly in 1988.
— Justice NSW (@NSWJustice) November 29, 2017
On Sunday, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, announced a $1 million reward would be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Scott’s death.
“It’s horrendous to believe that these people are still out in our community existing, living free, while Scott has died a terrible death some years ago,” he said.