1. Major soil clue emerges in Karen Ristevski case as police test shovel seized from her home.
— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) February 22, 2017
Police have reportedly removed a shovel from the Avondale Heights home of Karen Ristevski and have begun testing the soil found on the tool.
The Herald Sun reports that the soil samples found on the shovel – which was found in the garage at the 47-year-old’s home – could be the key to solving the mystery of her death.
Testing has revealed two distinct soil types: one that matches the soil behind the Avondale Heights home Mrs Ristevski shared with her daughter Sarah and husband Borce, and another that matched soil found in the Gisborne-Macedon area.
Mrs Ristevski’s remains were found in bushland at Mt Macedon on Monday this week. She was last seen on June 29, 2016.
“Each type of soil has its own specific characteristics, so it is possible to tell the difference,” Dr Rob Fitzpatrick, director of the Centre for Australian Forensic Soil Science at the CSIRO, told The Herald Sun.
“Let’s say there was a murder on the pitch at the MCG: that type of soil would be unique to that area of grass.”
Detective Inspector Stephen Dennis has declined to comment on the shovel and soil testing.
“As you can appreciate, the investigation is continuing and it would be inappropriate to provide a running commentary,” he said.
7 News reports that initial autopsy results on Mrs Ristevski’s body failed to find any visible signs of injury, or any evidence that “she was attacked by a weapon”.
A lawyer for Karen Ristevki’s husband, Borce, told the media yesterday that he was the “number one suspect” in the investigation into her death.
2. NASA scientists have just discovered seven ‘Earthlike’ planets.
Scientists discover 7 “Earthlike” planets orbiting a nearby starhttps://t.co/E5dGHBghlH
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 22, 2017