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Karen Ristevski's husband is the "number one suspect" in the investigation into her death.

On April 18 2019, Borce Ristevski was sentenced to nine years in prison for the death of Karen Ristevski.

The husband of Melbourne woman Karen Ristevski is the “number one” suspect in the investigation into her death, his lawyer has claimed.

Rob Stary, of Stary Norton Halphen Criminal Lawyers, told Fairfax Media Borce Ristevski attended his offices this morning seeking advice on what the discovery of his wife’s body meant for the case.

Stary told the paper he had been consulting with Mr Ristevski ever since his wife vanished from their Avondale Heights home on June 29 last year.

“Obviously his wife has been found and there’s an autopsy report been completed, he wants to see what that could mean,” he said.

“It’s pretty clear police have him as their number one suspect.”

Karen, her daughter, Sarah, and husband, Borce. Via Nine News.

The 47-year-old mother's remains were found in bushland near Mount Macedon, north west of Melbourne, at 12:30pm Monday, putting an end to one of Australia's most high-profile missing person investigations.

Yet while the discovery has provided some semblance of closure to Ristevski's family, a close friend says it also marks the beginning of something much bigger - finding out who killed her.


“This is really just the start for the family. It’s going to be the worst ride of their lives,” the unidentified friend told

“This won’t go away quickly. It’s just the start; a can of worms has been opened.”

It's believed Mr Ristevski was among the last person to have seen his wife alive, before she reportedly set out on a walk to "clear her head" following a disagreement with him about finances.'s source, reportedly a friend of Mrs Ristevski's since high school, told the outlet the Melbourne woman had not mentioned any personal struggles or that she had any concern for her life prior to her disappearance.

“She was one of those happy people, never had a bad word about anyone,” the friend said.

The thought that her body had been unceremoniously dumped in bushland between two logs has proved difficult for the friend to contemplate.

“Just left there, all through the winter and then the summer, left to deteriorate like an animal," the friend said. "It’s horrible, just horrible."

For more details on how the case unfolded, read: "Karen Ristevski's body has been found. Here's everything you need to know.