Squatters Connected To Elderly Woman's Death In North-West Melbourne
An elderly woman found dead inside her home north-west of Melbourne had not been seen for more than a week before her body was discovered with "some injuries", police have confirmed.
As investigators await the results of a post-mortem to determine her exact cause of death, police have called on anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the area, to come forward.
Police have now released the identity of the woman, 77-year-old Vicki Ramadan, who had lived in the Sydenham area for many years.
Her body was discovered just before 10am on Saturday morning by a handy-man who often frequented her home to help Vicki with work around the house.
After failing to access the home through one door, police said the man went around the back where he found one of the doors open and made the gruesome discovery.
He immediately raised the alarm to neighbours and emergency services.
On Sunday Detective Sergeant Graham Ross told reporters Vicki was last seen alive on the 29th of March when she was seen wandering the streets looking "a bit lost".
"Neighbours recognised her, knew her and dropped her back home," Ross said.
"That is the last time we have this lady alive, so we are appealing to the public to help us narrow down (her) movements from the 29th of March to the 6th of April".
Asked whether any weapons had been discovered by police, Graham issued a grim warning, calling on residents to check their gardens for anything suspicious.
"I'm asking the public if they find anything in their gardens or that's out of character that's not owned by them to come forward to contact police," Graham said.
"I won't divulge anything in terms of what's happened inside the address."
On Saturday, 10 News First was told Vicki had allegedly recently been threatened by a group of squatters who had moved into a home just across the road from her after she called police on them multiple times.
Graham confirmed that police were aware of the address and that squatters often frequented it, adding that police would be looking closely to see if this was in connection to their investigations.
He also confirmed Vicki had reported a "number of instances" of burglary and confirmed police would also be following those lines of inquiry.
Graham said it was too early to tell whether the suspected homicide was targeted or random.
The 77-year-old was estranged from her family for some time, but police confirmed her loved ones had been notified and were "shocked" and "upset" at the news of her death.
They are understood to be helping investigators with their inquiries.
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