Ristevski Case Clue That Police May Have Ignored For 5 Month
A new statement made by a witness has prompted police to conduct a thorough search in the area where murdered mother Karen Ristevski’s body was found.
The 47-year-old was reported missing in June 2016, with her husband Boris Ristevski - who has previously been named a person of interest - having last saw her at their Avondale Heights home.
Ms Ristevski's body was found in a shallow grave in a Mount Macedon
Police and SES crews went back to the area after a witness made contact having allegedly seen a lone man nebar a lack Mercedes-Benz in the area on the day Ms Ristevski went missing.
Police provided no description of what the man sighted by the witness looked like. Detective Inspector Tim Day said he has "every confidence we will solve this case".
"We've spoken with a witness who's seen a black coloured Mercedes at this location on Childers Rd facing the wrong way," he said from the scene on Thursday.
"The witness has articulated this sighting prior to the discovery of Karen's body in February. On that basis...the witness could not have known the location of her body."
Ms Ristevski owned a black Mercedes Benz SLK couple, which was seen heading Northwest of Melbourne on the day she disappeared.
The spot where the witness saw the man with a car matching that description is only about 1.5km from where Karen's body was ultimately discovered.
Police and SES crews on Thursday began line searches of an area they believe her car drove through, around the intersection of Childers and Mount Macedon Roads.
Det Insp Day said the area has been searched before, but "not in this amount of detail or precision.’’
The Age is reporting that the witness statement, however, may have been made five months ago but police only began to act this week.
It is unclear what police hope to find in their latest major search as the investigation into Ms Ristevski's murder stretches into its second year.