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1. Man accused of Salt Creek backpacker abduction and rape may be linked to the cold case murder of another woman in 1995.
The man accused of last week’s alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of two backpackers at Salt Creek is being investigated for links to the murder of an Italian tourist in 1995.
Victoria Cafasso was stabbed to death on a beach in Tasmania’s east coast.
She was found partially naked in the shallows, wearing a white bikini with small navy blue spots and floral trim. The top was pulled up over her breasts and the bottom was missing. There were stab wounds to her upper body, neck and face, lacerations and obvious signs of being bludgeoned.
Despite a $100,000 reward no suspect was ever identified for her murder.
Tasmania police are now examining similarities between the two cases.
“Taskforce investigators are in touch regularly with our interstate colleagues and we’re seeking their assistance and asking them to check records,” Inspector Trent Cox told Seven News.
While SA police say there’s no evidence to link the 59-year-old Morphett Vale man with any other crimes they say they will leave no stone unturned.
Meanwhile police have undertaken a massive search of the area where the two women were assaulted. One of the women returned to the Coorong with police on Tuesday to provide detectives with further information.