Police Place Hope on Mannequin as Hunt for Karen Ristevski Continues

July 27th, 2016

One month on and a mannequin wearing a brown wig, a handbag and Karen Ristevski’s clothes forms part of an increasingly desperate police search for the missing mother.

Mounted police were set to join the search as detectives manned an information caravan in Avondale Heights on Wednesday, four weeks after Ms Ristevski vanished without a trace from her home in Oakley Drive.

The mannequin was prominently displayed on busy Milleara Road in the hope it might spark a memory in a member of the public that could lead them to finding out what happened to Ms Ristevski on June 29.

Ms Ristevski’s bank account and phone have not been used since she went missing.

Police also door-knocked the area surrounding Ms Ristevski’s house, handing out flyers and asking people for any information they may have seen in the days before her disappearance.

Detective Inspector Stephen Dennis from the Missing Persons Squad said the investigation was ongoing and that police were hopeful of finding Ms Ristevski alive, but he conceded time was running out.

“We are treating this as a missing person case but the longer she remains missing the more difficult it becomes,” he said.

Investigators are remaining tight-lipped as to whether they have any suspects in the case.

Karen Ristevski with her husband Borce and daughter Sarah.

Karen Ristevski with her husband Borce and daughter Sarah. Photo: Supplied

Detective Inspector Dennis declined to confirm reports that a person of interest had stopped co-operating with police.

He would not say if that person was Ms Ristevski’s husband Borce.

The mannequin police hope will spark a memory in the search for missing mother Karen Ristevski.

The mannequin police hope will spark a memory in the search for missing mother Karen Ristevski. Photo: Joe Armao

He also would not comment on the recent public emergence of Ms Ristevski’s stepson, Anthony Rickard, only to say that he had been interviewed by police.

Neighbours said on Wednesday that Mr Ristevski has asked if they had any CCTV cameras that may have captured his wife’s movements on the day she went missing.

Detective Inspector Stephen Dennis from the Missing Persons Squad speaking about the disappearance of Karen Ristevski.

Detective Inspector Stephen Dennis from the Missing Persons Squad speaking about the disappearance of Karen Ristevski. Photo: Joe Armao

Police are reviewing CCTV footage but Detective Inspector Dennis said that cameras at Ms Ristevski’s home were not working when she vanished.

Detective Inspector Dennis said that police had spoken to a number of people about the matter but still were hopeful that someone might come forward with the key to cracking the case.

Neighbours say Borce Ristevski has asked if they had any CCTV cameras that may have captured his wife's movements on the ...
Neighbours say Borce Ristevski has asked if they had any CCTV cameras that may have captured his wife’s movements on the day she went missing. Photo: Penny Stephens

“It certainly is frustrating that there is a slow flow of information but at this stage the information has been quite encouraging,” he said.

Ms Ristevski, 47, is described as 160cm tall, with a slim buil, Crime d and shoulder-length brown hair.

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

Anyone with information is urged to contact triple-0 or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

– Tom Cowie

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