On April 18 2019, Borce Ristevski was sentenced to nine years in prison for the death of Karen Ristevski.
Victoria Police has confirmed the human remains found in bushland at Mount Macedon on Monday belong to missing Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski.
Investigators received the confirmation on Tuesday afternoon following forensic testing. They are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in that area.
On Monday, a bushwalker stumbled across the remains of a woman partially buried between fallen trees in Victoria’s Macedon Regional Park.
Police, forensic experts and emergency services flooded the area, and the speculation began.
Could this be Karen Ristevski, the 47-year-old woman who had mysteriously vanished from her home on June 29? The search area had not been far from Macedon, and no missing people had been recently reported in the area.
As DNA testing was being performed, the Melbourne mother’s family were told to prepare for the worst.
On Tuesday afternoon, two detectives visited the Ristevski family home, spending roughly an hour inside with family members. They refused to comment on whether any developments had been made.
From the moment Karen Ristevski was reported missing, the case has baffled police and gripped an entire country. Here’s how it has unfolded so far.
June 29, 2016.
At 10am, Karen walked out of her home in Oakley Drive, Avondale Heights, reportedly to “clear her head” following an argument over money with her husband, Borce. This is the last time she was seen alive.
No money is withdrawn from her account, no contact made with friends or family.
July 8, 2016.
Borce is questioned by police and denies any involvement in his his wife’s disappearance.
July 22, 2016.
During questioning, Karen’s stepson Anthony Rickard – a self-confessed ice addict – reportedly tells police that he had overheard Karen speaking about leaving Borce when their daughter, Sarah, turned 21 (which she did last year).
The claim is later dismissed by Borce as “fantasy”, according to The Herald Sun.