Police say details of a “random” and “unique” phone call that was made in 2006 could help them solve a South Australian cold case murder from the 1980s.
- Police issue fresh appeal to the public regarding an unsolved murder
- Peter Seaford was killed in his Whyalla home in March, 1989
- The cold case murder became the subject of fresh inquiries in 2018
South Australian police are currently investigating the murder of Whyalla man Peter Seaford in 1989 and have sought to speak with a person who instigated a “unique” call to Crime Stoppers in 2006 with information about the unsolved case.
“The way this call has come about is quite unique,” Detective Senior Sergeant Schneemilch said.
The SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch has issued a fresh appeal to the person who instigated the phone call in an attempt to find new information on the cold case.
Mr Seaford, 31, was murdered in his home — a unit on Essington Lewis Avenue in Whyalla — on March 12, 1989.
Police said it was believed Mr Seaford died at about 4:45am and after being repeatedly struck with a blunt object, but the murder weapon was never located.
It is believed that the motive for the murder was robbery, with between $500 and $1,000 stolen from Mr Seaford’s home.
Police said Mr Seaford had attended an alarm call at a mobile service station that he was a part owner of, about 500 metres from his home.
It is believed the murder occurred when he returned home and interrupted the intruder.
‘Random’ phone call could aid murder case
Detective Senior Sergeant John Schneemilch said police believed the details of the phone call matched their lines of inquiry regarding the recently reopened case.
The cold case murder became the subject of fresh inquiries in 2018 and police were calling on the instigator of the phone call to come forward.
He said the person had made contact with police in a very unusual way — by contacting a random person and dialling a random number to ask them to provide the information to police.
The person who received the call did so, and police said the instigator also called back to make sure the information had been passed on.
“We know that the information they provided is intertwined with lines of inquiry we are currently following,” Detective Senior Sergeant John Schneemilch said.
“Under Operation Persist this investigation is currently active and we would ask the instigator of that 2006 call to get in touch with us.”
Police have recently uncovered new details of another case under Operation Persist, using a wide variety of techniques to look into unsolved cases including new forensic technology.
SA Police last month solved the cold case murder of Yorke Peninsula mother-of-two Colleen Adams who was last seen in Maitland on November 22, 1973.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Schneemilch urged the person who had instigated the call that was made on August 9, 2006, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A $200,000 reward has been made available for anyone with information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for Mr Seaford’s death.