An iPad taken from the home of murdered Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski reveals suspicious Google searches on blood detection and mobile phone tracking, which could be vital clues in the hunt for her killer.
The internet search history pulled from the tablet includes searches for information on how police can detect traces of blood, according to the Herald Sun.
Another search found in the family’s iPad history includes how to delete mobile phone data, and how police can track mobile phones.
The newspaper reported police seized the iPad from the Ristevski family’s Avondale Heights home last year, and could be a vital key in the investigation of the 47-year-old mother’s murder.
So far, Victoria Police have not commented on the report.
The reported breakthrough in the search for the killer comes a day after investigators released CCTV footage of what they believe is Mrs Ristevski’s car being driven towards her final resting place.
Detectives are also investigating a GPS navigation device belonging to the Ristevski family, which was being analysed by a tech expert in the US.
The footage of Mrs Ristevski’s distinctive black Mercedes Benz SLK was captured on June 29 last year, the day the she went missing.
The CCTV shows the car travelling through Diggers Rest, towards the direct of Mount Macedon where the woman’s body was found in a bushland on February 20 this year.
It is not clear from the video who the driver was, but police have received a number of calls with new information following the new video’s release Friday.
Victoria Police Missing Persons Squad chief Tim Day confirmed on Thursday that Mrs Ristevski’s husband, Borce Ristevski, was still a suspect in the investigation.
After the discovery of his wife’s body, Mr Ristevski’s lawyer conceded that his client was considered as a suspect in his wife’s murder, but the Melbourne father maintains his innocence.
“It’s pretty clear police have him as their number one suspect,” lawyer Rob Stary told Fairfax Media in February.
Mobile phone data from the day Mrs Ristevski was last seen shows her and her husband’s phones were both detected by transmitter towers on Melbourne’s Calder Highway, the Herald Sun previously reported.
Mrs Ristevski’s mobile phone was reportedly tracked near Gisborne, 40km northwest of the family home in Avondale Heights, while her husband’s was tracked on the same highway, at Diggers Rest, about 20km northwest of the home.
It was also reported that Mr Ristevski’s phone was switched off for about two hours that day.
When quizzed by detectives on his whereabouts the day his wife disappeared, Mr Ristevski said he had forgotten to mention he had driven hi wfie’s car that day.
He reportedly told police the fuel gauge of Mr Ristevski’s 2004 Mercedes-Benz coupe was playing up so he wanted to test it out on the Calder.
Detectives have spoken to the registered owners of similar Mercedes vehicles about their activities on the day Ms Ristevski went missing, but some owners are yet to be spoken to.
Police are urging that any owners or drivers of black 2004 to 2006 Mercedes Benz coupes, who have not yet been approached, to contact police.
They are also keen to talk to anyone who may have been in the Diggers Rest, Gisborne or the Mt Macedon areas about midday on June 29 last year and who may have seen a vehicle matching the description, to contact Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.