SA Police conducted door knocks in the Mid North town of Terowie this morning in relation to the suspected murder of Martin Meffert.
Mr Meffert was last seen on a bus heading to Terowie in 2005 and in 2013 found the partial skeletal remains of the 32-year-old in a bag in a fireplace at a house on Packer Street.
At the time of the discovery, a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with failing to report a death, however this charge was later withdrawn.
Detectives from the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Section conducted the knocks as part of their ongoing investigation into the case.
Officer in charge of the investiagtion Detective Superintendent Des Bray said that police believe those responsible for Mr Meffert’s murder were still living in the Terowie area.
“Police believe Mr Meffert was murdered sometime shortly after arriving in Terowie, in February 2005. He has never been reported missing.
“Between 2005 and 2013 a significant amount of money – more than $130,000 - was taken from that account, drawn from various ATMs in the mid-north. Police are aware of the identity of those who accessed the account.
“There was also an attempt by a man to establish his identity as Martin Meffert at the local post office, for the purpose of continuing to claim Mr Meffert’s allowances."
Mr Meffert was receiving a disability pension at the time of his disappearance.
Superintendent Bray said today’s activities by police in the small town followed a review of the case and new information coming to light.
“Unsolved matters such as this are never considered ‘closed’ despite the passage of time,” he said.
“Police are gathering further evidence and progressing this investigation, and we believe this case will be resolved.
“Today we did a letter drop and put up posters, with our key focus being gathering sufficient evidence against those responsible for Mr Meffert’s murder, and those who stole the money.”
A $200,000 has been offered for anyone with information that can assist police in their investigation and bring a conviction of the suspected murder of Mr Meffert.
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation, should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au and can remain anonymous.