Murder of Martin Meffert still ongoing

Two properties in Terrowie were excavated as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Martin Meffert.
Two properties in Terrowie were excavated as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Martin Meffert.

Properties in the Mid North have been excavated this week as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Martin Meffert.

Forensic experts and officers from the Major Crime Investigation branch visited two properties in Meffert’s home town of Terowie as well as the Mulga Valley.

Detective Superintendent Des Bray, the officer in charge of Major Crime, confirmed that police suspected Mr Meffert’s remains were buried at the properties at some point.

Martin Meffert was aged 25 when he was last seen on a bus heading to Terrowie.

Martin Meffert was aged 25 when he was last seen on a bus heading to Terrowie.

“We believe that at one time he was buried at the properties that we have attended today,” Detective Superintendent Bray said.

“We are at a loss as to why someone was keeping part of his skeleton at their home and we are keen to be able to provide his family with some sense of peace by locating the rest of his remains.”

Mr Meffert was last seen in February 2005 on a bus heading to Terowie and in October 2013 his partial skeletal remains were located in a bag in a fireplace at a house in 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the discovery, a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with failing to report a death, however this charge was later withdrawn.

He was never reported missing.

Last month, detectives from the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Section conducted door knocks in Terowie.

Police believe that those responsible for the murder of Mr Meffert still remain in the town.

Mr Meffert was receiving a disability pension at the time of his disappearance and from 2005 to 2013 more than $13,000 was withdrawn from his account at various ATM machines around the Mid North.

Police are aware of the identity of those who accessed the account.

A man also made an attempt to establish his identity as Martin Meffert at the local post office in order to continue claiming Mr Meffert’s allowance.

A reward of up to $200,000 is available for anyone providing information leading to the apprehension and conviction of a person for Mr Meffert’s suspected murder.

Police are also keen to locate the remainder of Mr Meffert’s remains.