The husband of Karen Ristevski is a suspect in the ongoing homicide investigation as detectives implore her suspected killer to come forward.
“The person who has done this has a story to tell. They only get one chance to tell it. I encourage them, if they are so inclined, tell it now,” Inspector Tim Day said in an ominous message for her suspected killer today.
Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski went missing on June 29 last year. Her body was recovered almost eight months later. (Supplied)
The stern message comes as detectives desperately seek more information on drivers who may have seen her car on the day she went missing.
New CCTV is believed to show Ms Ristevski’s Mercedes-Benz SLK coupe travelling north-west along the Old-Calder Highway through Diggers Rest shortly after 11am on June 29 last year – the same day she went missing.
Her body was recovered almost eight months later in bushland in Mount Macdon Regional Park on February 20.
“I’m hypothesising that (other drivers in the area) could’ve seen something unusual. Karen’s car – which is a a black SLK Mercedes coupe – in my layman’s view is very, very similar to what we see in the footage,” Insp. Day said.
Insp. Day also revealed her husband Borce Ristevski “remains a suspect” in the year-long investigation, adding Mr Ristevski had not been shown the vision and was likely only viewing it today.
Borce Ristevski, husband of the late Ms Ristevski. (AFP/Victoria Police)
“I’ll leave others to judge what makes him a suspect, but all I can say is he remains a suspect,” he said.
“I don’t think it helps in what we’re trying to do today to go into Borce’s version of events.”
Mr Ristevski, 53, has vehemently denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance and murder.
The car in the video has been described as a black 2004 to 2006 Mercedes-Benz coupe fitted with Mercedes-Benz manufactured five-spoke alloy wheels.
Police said it was crossing the Diggers Rest railway crossing at the time and was in the vicinity of the Diggers Rest Railway Station travelling in the direction of where her body was dumped.
Police have ruled out "hundreds" of other vehicle owners of the same make of car, but are still working to rule out "every" owner.
The car caught on CCTV was a Mercedes-Benz SLK coupe. (Victoria Police)
They are appealing for motorists spotted on CCTV that were in the vicinity of the Mercedes to come forward, hoping it will lead to more information.
Among them were a white Ford Ranger single cab ute, a black Holden Commodore ute, a maroon Nissan Patrol wagon with a spare tyre fixed to the rear door, a white Honda Jazz wagon and a silver Kia Rio wagon.
A white Ford Ranger ute with a towing dual-axel trailer containing a yellow mini excavator; a black Holden Commodore. (Victoria Police)
A maroon Nissan Patrol four-wheel drive wagon with a black roof rack and spare tire on the rear door; a white Honda Jazz wagon. (Victoria Police)
“Clearly the most distinctive vehicle is the white Ford single cab ute towing a dual axel trailer with a yellow mini-excavator. We’re hoping the owner of that vehicle recognises it and contacts us,” Insp. Day said.
Mr Ristevski previously told detectives he drove his wife’s car on the day of her disappearance, but denied having driven it any further than the Calder Park Raceway. He said he then did a U-turn and drove it back to their Avondale Heights home.
He told detectives in August the mother-of-one vanished after an argument over a few hundred dollars. He stressed his wife had not "done a runner" over their finances.