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Vic KAREN RISTEVSKI: Missing from Avondale Heights, Vic - 29 June 2016 - Age 47 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Australia: Located/Resolved' started by MarlyWings, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Search for Karen Ristevski

    09 July 2016 21:58

    Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 47-year-old Karen Ristevski.

    Karen was last seen at her home address on Oakley Drive, Avondale Heights about 10am on Wednesday 29 June.

    Police have concerns for her welfare as her disappearance is out of character.

    She is described as 160cm tall, slim build, shoulder length brown hair.

    She was last seen wearing a black jacket and jeans and is known to frequent Taylors Lakes

    Investigators have released an image of Karen in the hope that someone may have information on her current whereabouts.


    Anyone who sees Karen is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au


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    Police quiz husband of missing woman Karen Ristevski

    July 12, 2016 4:18pm

    LATEST: POLICE reject suggestions they’ve interviewed anyone besides the husband of a missing Avondale Heights woman, after his brother said another local had been spoken to about her disappearance.

    Karen Ristevski, who runs the Bella Bleu boutique in Taylors Lakes, has been missing for two weeks.

    She vanished after leaving her Oakley Drive home about 10am on June 29.

    It is believed the 47-year-old had been discussing business finances with husband Borce Ristevski before walking out to clear her head.

    Victoria Police spokeswoman Acting Sergeant Melissa Seach confirmed Mr Ristevski had been interviewed after his wife’s disappearance.

    “As part of the investigation, Karen’s house and the surrounding area has been searched,” Sgt Seach said.

    “A 52-year-old Avondale Heights man was interviewed on Friday.”

    Legal sources said it was standard practice for police to interview those closest to missing people and those who were the last to see them.

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    It is understood Ms Ristevski was carrying $850 in cash. Her mobile phone is switched off and her debit card has not been used.

    Ms Ristevski is described as 160cm with a slim build and shoulder-length brown hair.

    She was last seen wearing a black jacket and jeans, carrying a silver handbag.

    She often visits Taylors Lakes and works in retail at the Watergardens Shopping Centre.


    Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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    Search continues for Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski as police fear worst

    July 14 2016

    Police suspect Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski may have been murdered, but her family is clinging to hope she will be found.

    The 47-year-old was last seen on June 29. Her husband, Borce Ristevski, is believed to have told police the couple had an argument over financial issues and that Ms Ristevski left their Avondale Heights home for a walk to "clear her head".

    Mr Ristevski, who was questioned by police and released without charge, was asked by a Channel 7 reporter in a press conference on Thursday if he had killed his wife.

    Mr Ristevski, arm-in-arm with his wife's visibly distressed 21-year-old daughter, Sarah, did not answer. Ms Ristevski's aunt Patricia interjected, saying Mr Ristevski was too distressed to speak.

    Before the exchange, which occurred near the banks of the Maribyrnong River where police are searching, Patricia pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.

    "We're hoping that today we will find something that will lead us to Karen," she said.

    "We have nothing, so if you have something that you know, something that you have seen, you've heard something, someone has spoken to you about something, anything, please, we're asking you to help us.

    "It's not possible for someone to just disappear; it's not Karen, Karen would not leave us."

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    Relatives of missing Melbourne woman make impassioned plea for information

    14 Jul 2016

    The aunt of missing Melbourne woman Karen Ristevski has made an impassioned plea for information as police search the Maribrynong River for her niece's belongings.

    Ms Ristevski, 47, was last seen leaving her Avondale Heights home in Melbourne's north-west on June 29 after having an argument with her husband about financial issues relating to their family-run business.

    Her family said she had medical issues and it was out of character for her to be away for so long without contacting her husband and daughter.

    About 20 SES crews joined police on dirt bikes to search the banks of the Maribyrnong River and water police were out on the water.

    Officers were looking for Ms Ristevski's handbag, a Coach brand gold bag, and her Coach brand wallet.

    Ms Ristevski's aunt, Patrice (who did not want her surname used) pleaded for help from the public.

    "We have nothing, so if you have something that you know, something that you've seen, you've heard something, someone's spoken to you about something, anything, please, we're asking you to help us," she said.

    "Whatever you've got even just a suspicion it doesn't matter. We have nothing.

    "Somebody knows something out there. It's not possible for someone to just disappear like this."

    Victoria Police Inspector Stephen Dennis said her disappearance was being treated as suspicious and they were still hopeful of finding her alive.

    "There has been nothing from Karen to date," he said.

    "We have grave concerns for her welfare because she's been gone for just over two weeks now," he said.

    "She maintains regular contact with her family and it's out of character, from everything we've been told to this stage for her to just vanish."

    A reporter asked her husband Borce Ristevski, who was also present, if he murdered his wife.

    Patricia said the question was inappropriate and the family walked away.

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  7. MarlyWings

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    Security cameras did not catch missing mum Karen Ristevski leaving home

    July 14, 2016 9:40pm

    SECURITY cameras at suspected murder victim Karen Ristevski’s house did not catch her leaving the property 16 days ago, and her neighbours say they did not see her on the morning she vanished.

    As police widened their search, the Herald Sun can reveal detectives plan on Friday to focus their inquiries on a second location. Investigators hope a breakthrough in their investigation is imminent.

    Detectives were confident they could determine a specific area in which to look for the Avondale Heights mother, 47, or her belongings, including a mobile phone and gold handbag.

    Police sources confirmed they had spoken to people in the area, who had been unable to back up claims that Mrs Ristevski had walked from her home and failed to come back on June 29th.

    No witnesses have come forward to say they saw her in the area that Wednesday.

    The police focus during the past fortnight has largely been on the Maribyrnong River and bushland behind the family’s Oakley Drive home.

    But police now believe there may be clues elsewhere.

    Standing near the river, Mrs Ristevski’s husband, Borce, and daughter Sarah, 21, both visibly emotional, clutched each other’s arms as Mrs Ristevski’s aunt Patricia made a plea to the public for information.

    A press conference was later cut short when a Channel 7 reporter interjected, turning to Mr Ristevski to directly ask him if he had killed his wife.

    Mr Ristevski did not answer the question. Patricia interrupted, saying: “That’s really not appropriate at the moment ... this is about Karen, this is not about anything else, this is about finding Karen.”

    The family rushed to a waiting police car to be driven home

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  9. MarlyWings

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    Missing Melbourne mum Karen Ristevski leads trickle in

    July 15, 2016 8:45pm

    DETECTIVES are sifting through tip-offs in the hope of a breakthrough on the suspicious disappearance of Melbourne mum Karen Ristevski.

    Members of the public have been calling in to offer information after extensive media coverage of the mystery of Mrs Ristevski, who has not been seen in more than two weeks.

    Police have ramped up their investigation into the case of the missing 47-year-old from Avondale Heights in recent days, amid fears Mrs Ristevski has been murdered.

    Crime Stoppers has received a number of calls and had been able to pass on information to investigators.

    “The community has responded to the call for information regarding Karen Ristevski,” Crime Stoppers chief executive Sam Hunter said.

    “The information received has been passed on to police for inquiry.”

    Mrs Ristevski’s husband Borce has told police his wife walked from their Oakley Drive house about 10am on June 29 to calm down after an argument about their business finances.

    Security cameras didn’t show Mrs Ristevski’s movements that day, and no one saw her walking in the area.

    Police searches concentrated this week on the Maribyrnong River behind the family’s house, but investigators now believe it is likely there will be clues in another location.

    Victoria Police Inspector Stephen Dennis has called for locals to review their CCTV footage and come forward if they have any clues into Mrs Ristevski’s movements.

    Crime Stoppers has moved to reassure the public their tips will be kept confidential.

    “We would like to remind the community that any piece of information you can provide, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, could assist police in their investigation,” Ms Hunter said.

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  11. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Anyone who sees Karen is urged to contact triple zero (000) or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 immediately.
  12. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Still no news on missing Victorian mum

    16 Jul 2016 - 5:50 PM

    Victorian police are continuing their search for missing mum Karen Ristevski, as her desperate family seek answers.

    The family of missing mum Karen Ristevski are still waiting for answers.

    The 47-year-old went missing more than two weeks ago, with her husband Borce the last person to see her.

    She left her Avondale Heights home about 10am on June 29, and hasn't used her phone or accessed her bank accounts since.

    It's understood she went for a walk to get some fresh air after a heated discussion with her husband.

    Police searched grassland behind her home on Thursday and say her disappearance was out of character.

    She was last seen wearing a black jacket and jeans and is known to frequent Taylors Lakes.

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  13. MarlyWings

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    Couple ‘drowning in debt’ before wife vanished

    July 19, 2016

    Prior to Karen Ristevski's disappearance last month, she and her husband were reportedly encountering financial difficulties.

    It is believed the Melbourne woman left her home at Avondale Heights close to three weeks ago, on June 29, to get some fresh air following an argument over financial issues with her husband, Borce Ristevski.

    The 47-year-old missing woman and her husband are reportedly partners in a business Bella Bleu. Mrs Ristevski is listed as a sole shareholder and Mr Ristevski as a director of another business, The Australian reports.

    The publication claims a caveat, thought to be brought on by unpaid rent, was lodged in February by a shopping centre owner over the missing woman's Avondale Heights property.

    It reports the caveat prevents the property, thought to be worth up to $1.1million, from being transferred or sold

    The Australian also reports the problems with finances for the family are thought to date back more than ten years following the disintegration of a rag trade business.

    Earlier reports state investigators had spoken with her 52-year-old husband as part of the ongoing investigation.

    He was unable to provide any answers to where Karen went after their argument, and was released pending further inquiries.

    Yahoo7 News is not suggesting Mr Ristevski is involved in the disappearance of his wife.

    Those close to Mrs Ristevski have reportedly said her disappearance is out of character.

    The missing woman didn’t show up to work at the Watergardens Town Centre, increasing concerns about her whereabouts.

    Karen Ristevski has been described as having shoulder-length brown hair and a slim build and is 160cm tall.

    She is believed to have had a Coach purse and handbag with her and was last seen wearing jeans and a black jacket.

    The investigation into Mrs Ristevski's disappearance remains ongoing.

    Anyone who sees Karen is urged to contact triple zero (000) or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 immediately.

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    Family of missing Melbourne mum dogged by debt

    July 19, 2016

    Missing Melbourne woman Karen Ristevski and her husband were experiencing mounting financial problems in the lead-up to her disappearance, with a business landlord staking a claim over the family home.

    Property records show a major shopping centre owner had lodged a caveat over Mrs Ristevski’s million-dollar property in Avondale Heights in February, a move understood to have been provoked by unpaid rent.

    Mrs Ristevski, 47, has not been seen in almost three weeks, after reportedly walking away from her home in Melbourne’s northwest following an argument with her husband, Borce Ristevski, over financial issues. Police hold grave fears for her safety.

    The Ristevskis, who have a 21-year-old daughter, Sarah, are partners in formalwear business Bella Bleu, which operates stores in Taylors Lakes and Broadmeadows.

    Another fashion business, Warrant Brands, lists Mr Ristevski as director and Mrs Ristevski as sole shareholder.

    The Australian understands the family’s financial woes date back more than a decade to the collapse of a once-successful rag trade business owing almost $600,000 in unsecured debts.

    Clothing manufacturer and wholesaler Blue Laser Jean Co, co-owned by Mr Ristevski and his brother Vasko, once counted department store giant Myer among its many retail customers.

    However, the restructure of another key customer, the Bradmill textiles plant, cost a substantial source of revenue, forcing the directors to wind up the business.

    “Our company was relying heavily on this working relationship to fill the void the clothing industry has suffered in the last 18 months,” Borce Ristevski told a 2000 creditors’ meeting, according to documents lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

    “We regret the outcome as this is a company we have built up since 1987 (but) after numerous attempts at restructuring we were unable to come up with an alternative.”

    The Ristevskis were personally hit hard by the collapse. Mr Ristevski lost a $290,000 loan he had made to the business while members of his extended family lost $55,000 in loans. Mrs Ristevski was owed $30,000.

    A liquidator was appointed to wind up the business in November 2000 and subsequent accounts filed with ASIC make no mention of creditors receiving any return.

    Months earlier, Mr Ristevski had transferred the family home into Mrs Ristevski’s name only.

    A land title search reveals the house, in one of Avondale Height’s most coveted streets and worth up to $1.1 million, is mortgaged to Westpac Bank. In February, real estate group Vicinity, together with Perpetual, lodged a caveat over the property, prohibiting it from being sold or transferred.

    Vicinity is understood to be the landlord at the Broadmeadows shopping centre where the Ristevskis have a store. A spokeswoman for Vicinity declined to comment.

    The Australian understands that the legal instrument is commonly deployed by landlords to obtain additional security when a tenant falls into rent arrears.

    Calls to Mr Ristevski through his businesses went unreturned yesterday.

    Although Mr Ristevski has been interviewed by police, he has not been charged. The Australian is not suggesting he is involved in his wife’s disappearance.

    A spokeswoman for Victoria Police declined to comment on whether the family’s finances continued to factor in their investigation. “The investigation into the disappearance of Karen Ristevski remains ongoing,” she said.

    “We will not be providing a running commentary on the investigation.”

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  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I didn't see mention that there is a life insurance policy on her. I hate to go there, but I've seen this scenario a hundred times now. :(
  17. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Yeah no reports so far on an insurance policy!

    From the various reports linked above, this is a stand-out.....

    It's understood she went for a walk to get some fresh air after a heated discussion with her husband.

    Police sources confirmed they had spoken to people in the area, who had been unable to back up claims that Mrs Ristevski had walked from her home and failed to come back on June 29th.

    No witnesses have come forward to say they saw her in the area that Wednesday.

    Security cameras didn’t show Mrs Ristevski’s movements that day, and no one saw her walking in the area.
  18. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    This case took a very weird turn today!!.....

    Missing Melbourne mum stepson twist: Family conflict revealed in Karen Ristevski mystery

    July 22, 2016 10:00pm

    A YOUNG man has sensationally come forward to reveal he is the stepson of missing Melbourne mum Karen Ristevski and has been questioned by detectives.

    Anthony Rickard has revealed he is the son of Karen’s husband, Borce, from a previous relationship, and lived with the family for several years.

    Mr Rickard says he did not kill his stepmother, who has been missing from her Avondale Heights home for 24 days.
    But he says he did have a motive to hurt her — anger over a family conflict.

    The 32-year-old says he cannot account for his movements on the day she vanished.

    In an extraordinary interview with the Herald Sun, Mr Rickard, who admits battling an ice addiction, says:

    HIS father does not “have it in him” to kill;

    MRS Ristevski, 47, would not spontaneously walk off, but had spoken in the past about making plans to leave the family;

    HE phoned Mrs Ristevski about 10 days before she vanished, to confront her about the family conflict, which he says has been “swept under the carpet”.

    The Herald Sun has chosen not to reveal the nature of the conflict Mr Rickard alleges has plagued the family. But an aunt of Mr Rickard has backed his story, saying both her and an ex-partner have also spoken with detectives.
    Mr Rickard, himself a father of two, came to the attention of missing persons detectives after being interviewed at Sunshine police station last week over an unrelated matter.

    “They asked if my dad had been up this way, if he knows anyone up this way, does he have (other) properties,” Mr Rickard said of a subsequent meeting with detectives at his Diggers Rest home.

    “I said (to police), ‘If you’re going to say it, say it’.

    “So I got them to say, ‘Did you kill your stepmum?’.

    “I said, ‘I would have liked to ... ’.”
    Mrs Ristevski, the owner of a Bella Bleu women’s boutique, was reported missing after allegedly walking from her home about 10am on June 29.

    Her husband, the last person to see her, told police she had left to calm down after a disagreement about the couple’s finances.

    Missing persons detectives have questioned Mr Ristevski and seized two cars from the family, although it is standard practice to interview close relatives of missing persons.

    Police have not publicly named a suspect.

    Mr Rickard said: “It was a shock that she disappeared after my phone call to her.

    “I had nothing to do with that besides calling her to confront her — the next thing I know she’s gone.

    “Then I felt the guilt that it was because of me, ringing up to confront her.”

    He said his first thought was that Mrs Ristevski had ended her own life or had chosen to disappear. “You can only suppress it (guilt) for so long,” Mr Rickard said.

    In another development, police have contacted the Herald Sun this week after the paper interviewed a woman who claimed she had been accosted by a strange man along the footpath behind the Ristevski house.

    Victoria Police later refused to comment on whether detectives were pursuing that line of inquiry.

    Spokeswoman Melissa Seach said they would not be providing a “running commentary” on the investigation.

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    FLYERS plastered across bus stops and light poles, bushland searches and a family’s tearful public pleas … the case of Melbourne woman Karen Ristevski began like any other missing person mystery.

    But the investigation has now taken a bizarre twist, as her estranged stepson claims the Ristevski family has for years hidden a secret conflict.

    Anthony Rickard says he was asked by detectives if he had killed his stepmother.

    “I said, ‘I would have liked to’,” he tells the Herald Sun.

    When I ask the 32-year-old the same question, he shrugs and at first laughs it off with a joke.

    “I’m very capable,” he says when the question is repeated.

    “If you’re going to do something like that you’ve got to be prepared to spend the rest of your life in jail ... I’m not a jailbird.”
    Mr Rickard admits he is angry and says he has the motive to want his stepmother dead — his anger over the secret.

    Troubled by what he describes as a “nightmare” childhood, the father of two tells me he has recently upped his intake of ice.

    He can’t remember where he was on June 29 — the day Mrs Ristevski disappeared — although a stamp on paperwork shows he visited a pharmacy to have documents signed.

    When I meet him, Mr Rickard is nervous and hasn’t been sleeping.

    In the past three months, he’s lost 15kg and his relationship.

    He points to a blue, swollen hand, an injury he says he got from punching the side of his couch in a moment of anxiety.

    He knows he looks rough, and adds he is used to being considered the black sheep of a well-to-do family.

    But he wants to speak up even if no one believes him.
    Mr Rickard says he was 14 when he first moved from the care of his mother, whose surname he shares, to Avondale Heights with his dad, stepmother and younger half-sister Sarah.

    It’s the same home from which Mrs Ristevski vanished more than three weeks ago.
    He says the family provided clothes, food, a warm bed — everything a troubled kid from “the hood” had wanted.
    But, he claims, a family conflict tore them apart.
    It would be understandable if police viewed him as a suspect, he says.

    Conversations with Mr Rickard bounce from one topic to the next; he criticises his stepmother yet says later: “I don’t hate her, because I can’t — she showed me love.”

    For a long time, he says, the family problems were “swept under the carpet”, but last month he felt it was time to face his past.
    Encouraged by his ex-girlfriend, Mr Rickard phoned Mrs Ristevski about 10 days before she vanished.
    “I said (to his girlfriend), ‘If you want me to dig up the past I will do that’,” he says.
    “So I rung her (Mrs Ristevski) ... what I wanted to talk to her about she knows exactly why.” It was then a “shock” to hear his stepmother had disappeared and he wonders if his call was a trigger. “I had nothing to do with that (the disappearance) besides calling her to confront her — the next thing I know she’s gone,” he says.
    “Then I felt the guilt that it was because of me, ringing up to confront her.”

    Mr Rickard came to the attention of detectives last week after he was interviewed by police at Sunshine over an unrelated matter.

    There was a phone call and a knock on the door from detectives on the Friday afternoon.

    On Friday, he made a formal statement. The conversation at his kitchen table, he says, was the first time he has spoken to authorities about his secret past. But relatives say he has previously opened up to them and they are prepared to back his claims.
    An aunt, Melinda Dawes, says she was contacted by detectives on Wednesday night. “I told detectives then it’s (the conflict claim) not something that’s just come out in the last couple of weeks, it’s something we’ve known about for a long time,” Ms Dawes says. She says her nephew confided in her a decade ago. “This is hurting him, he needs to let it out,” Ms Dawes says. “He has always kept to the same story … I’ve never had a reason to doubt him.”

    Until this week, investigators had been presented with a number of theories about Mrs Ristevski.
    Mr Rickard’s story may not provide the answer they are looking for.
    But police appear to be listening when he insists “none of it is as it seems".

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  20. MarlyWings

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    So from that I assume police do have a suspect and it's just a matter of time before a name is released.
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