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Person with key information in Seaford case sought by police

08 Oct 2018 7:00pm

Police investigating the murder of a Whyalla man in 1989 are keen to speak with a person who instigated a call to Crime Stoppers in 2006 with information about the case.

Peter Seaford, 31, (pictured) was murdered in his own home, a unit on Essington Lewis Ave, Whyalla, on 12 March 1989. It is believed he was repeatedly struck with a blunt object, with the murder weapon never located, and died about 4.45am.

Earlier that evening he had attended an alarm call at the business he was a part owner in, a Mobile service station about 500m from his home address.

Police believe the motive for Mr Seaford’s murder was robbery, with between $500 and $1000 stolen from his home.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Schneemilch, from the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch, tonight issued an appeal to the person investigators are keen to speak with again via Crime Stopper’s television partner, Channel 9.

He said the person made contact with police in a very unusual way – contacting an independent person by dialing a random number and asking them to provide the information to police.

That person did so, with the instigator later calling them back to check they had passed the information on to police.

“The way this call has come about is quite unique,” Detective Senior Sergeant Schneemilch said.

“We know that the information they provided is intertwined with lines of inquiry we are currently following.

“Under Operation Persist this investigation is currently active and we would ask the instigator of that 2006 call to get in touch with us.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Schneemilch said Operation Persist is focused on resolving South Australia cold cases, by using a wide variety of techniques including re-examining exhibits in light of changes in forensic technology.

He urged the person who instigated the contact with Crime Stoppers on 9 August 2006 to make contact again either through Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) or by contacting Major Crime.

A $200,000 reward is available for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for Mr Seaford’s death.