– A former policeman is the prime suspect in a murder.
Homicide Squad detectives are focusing on the man, an officer for more than a decade, who knew Brenda Goudge, 61. She was found in a swimming pool at her Wantirna South home in July 2011.
The married father, with whom Mrs Goudge was known to have been arguing for months, has been questioned and is the only suspect.
He lacks an alibi, telling police he fell asleep in front of the TV at home. He has twice refused a lie-detector test.
“We believe Mrs Goudge knew her attacker and we believe there is a person…or persons, that know exactly what happened,” Detective Inspector John Potter said.
“We have spoken to certain individuals that we would regard as persons of interest…but we are unable to proceed without that crucial breakthrough.”
A $500,000 reward has been offered for information leading to a conviction.
“If anyone is involved as an accessory, an indemnity would be considered against prosecution,” Detective Inspector Potter said. “That will include someone who might have assisted after Mrs Goudge’s death, perhaps to dispose of certain things or cover up…or provide false information.
“There’s one, possibly more people, who know what happened. And we’re hoping this reward money will encourage them to come forward.”
Police say it is likely the killer got into the home through the back door under cover of darkness and attacked Mrs Goudge in her bed as she slept.
The grandmother’s body and all the bedding were found dumped in her pool the next day by her daughter Rebecca, 31, and a colleague.
It is believed chlorine destroyed crucial evidence.
“We haven’t been able to identify whoever is responsible from the scene,” Detective Inspector Potter said.
Police forensically tested a silver 4WD vehicle owned by the ex-officer, which he sold after Mrs Goudge’s death.
The man lives close to where detectives believe items belonging to the killer may have been dumped.
“We are looking for a number of items,” Detective Inspector Potter said. “Somebody can help us. Somebody knows exactly what we want – and why, probably,” he said.
“We are talking about a 61-year-old woman, a mother, a grandmother, a person who is well regarded within her community, her business and her family.
“She didn’t deserve this; her family didn’t deserve this.
“For the sake of this family…we need to find out exactly what happened and we need the person who knows to call us,” he said – Jon Kaila


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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