Po­lice down­play bizarre mur­der gos­sip

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PO­LICE in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of Mel­bourne re­tailer Karen Ris­tevski have moved to si­lence shock­ing claims made by a long-time friend of the dead woman’s fam­ily.

The claims re­late to the way Ms Ris­tevksi (pic­tured) died, how her body was trans­ported to its bush grave and in­clude a bizarre ref­er­ence to a shop­store dummy.

An­thony Ce­fala told news.com.au that he and Ms Ris­tevski’s step­son An­thony Rickard were des­per­ate for an ar­rest in the case, which re­mains un­solved seven months af­ter Ms Ris­tevski’s badly de­com­posed body was found be­tween two fallen logs at Mt Mace­don in Mel­bourne’s north­west.

Mr Rickard is the es­tranged son of Ms Ris­tevski’s hus­band Borce Ris­tevski, who has been named by po­lice as a sus­pect in his wife’s death. Mr Ris­tevski has main­tained his in­no­cence.

Rel­a­tives on Ms Ris­tevski’s side of the fam­ily fear Mr Ce­fala may de­rail the in­ves­ti­ga­tion with his al­le­ga­tions.

Mr Ce­fala said it was his un­der­stand­ing Ms Ris­tevski was stran­gled and then placed in the boot of her black Mercedes SLK coupe and driven to Mt Mace­don. Po­lice have so far not re­leased her cause of death.

The two men have also claimed a man­nequin was placed in the car’s front pas­sen­ger seat dur­ing the trans­porta­tion of the body.

There is no sug­ges­tion ei­ther Mr Ce­fala or Mr Rickard had any in­volve­ment in Ms Ris­tevski’s death.

– news.com.au

PHOTO: VIC­TO­RIA PO­LICE

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