'We have struggled every single day since we lost her'
UPDATE 11.30am: LEE Ellen Stace's family said they have never given hope of finding out what happened to her and have joined police in calling for information about the death of the teenager in 1997.
Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said detectives would welcome any information from the community that may help provide answers to Lee Ellen's family.
"It's been nearly 22 years since the Stace family last saw Lee Ellen - that's a long time without answers," Det Supt Cook said.
"There is someone out there who knows who is responsible for her death and we're hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police.
"Investigators are committed to bringing those responsible for an innocent teenager's death to justice, but we can't do it without assistance from the public."
Lee Ellen's father, Peter Stace, said the family have never given up hope of finding out what happened and getting justice for Lee.
"Lee Ellen would be 38 years old now if she had made it home safely that day," Mr Stace said.
"We have struggled every single day since we lost her and hope the reward will give someone one million reasons to come forward now - we just want that information."
The reward can be provided to anyone who has information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Lee Ellen's death.
Original story: POLICE will this morning announce a $1 million NSW Government reward for information into the 1997 murder of teenager Lee Ellen Stace.
Lee Ellen Stace, aged 16, was last seen on Tuesday, September 2, 1997, when she finished work at a Yamba Road supermarket - a job she had started a week earlier.
Her family reported her missing, which sparked a large-scale police and community search operation.
Six weeks later, her remains were located in the Yuraygir National Park near Brooms Head.
Despite extensive investigations over the years, no one has ever been charged in connection to her murder.
Detectives from the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad and are investigating her murder under Strike Force Delaware.
As their inquiries continue, a $1 million NSW Government Reward will be announced for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for Lee's murder.
More to come.