An eerie encounter for a Gisborne man may hold the key to unlocking the mystery of Karen Ristevski’s death.
Late last year, the local was driving home from a party when he spotted a figure leaving the bush on a narrow dirt road on the outskirts of Mount Macedon, according to The Age reporter Aisha Dow.
He later reported the “expressionless” man in business attire was carrying a shovel.
“So where did you bury the body, mate?” the driver had joked.
Speaking to Seven News on Thursday evening, the witness added that he would be able to identify the “beanie-wearing man” if he saw him again.
Gary Salt told the reporter he saw the man’s face clearly, but he would not say if it was Ristevski’s husband, Borce Ristevski.
For months he shared his bizarre ‘shovel man’ story with among others in the community, and eventually with the police.
On Monday afternoon when a body, now identified as 47-year-old Ristevski, was found in the same area, the tale took on a new, frightening significance.