'A Lot Of Unanswered Questions': Police Plea For Information Over 'Brutal' Death Of Elderly Woman

Four days after the discovery of Vicki Ramadan's body inside her Sydenham home, police are still desperate for information that could help piece together the final moments before her suspected murder.

On Wednesday police confirmed Ramadan, 77, had been deceased for some time inside the house before her body was discovered by a handy-man just before 10am on Saturday morning.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said she was last seen at Gourlay Road in Hillside at about 9:45am on Monday April 1.

Stamper said police are now desperately looking for anyone who might have CCTV or dashcam footage of her on that day, or anyone with information about people who may have been around her home in the days leading up to her discovery.

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Ramadan was known to frequent shopping centres around the area, but police believe she was too far from home on the day she was last seen to have returned there by foot.

"She may have gotten a lift but we still don't know," Stamper said.

He confirmed investigations into a group of squatters who had recently moved into a property across the road from Ramadan's home were still "very active lines of inquiry".

Investigators have still been unable to locate or speak to any of the squatters.

Stamper also confirmed Ramadan had made "a number of reports to police for quite a long time" when asked about reported burglaries to her home.

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Police said they would also like to speak to anyone who may have found something in the area that was out of the ordinary, but declined to speculate on the sort of weapon that was used.

"It was a brutal attack, there's no other way of putting it," Stamper said.

A vulnerable 77-year-old woman living by herself it really was a horrific attack.

Stamper said police were aware of reports Ramadan travelled around often with a lot of cash but said investigators were still not aware of any motive for her suspected murder.

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"We really need the community's help," he said.

"The smallest amount of information will help".

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