Police downplay bizarre murder gossip
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.