West Australian police hope two people who spoke to Crime Stoppers about the unsolved murder of a Perth grandmother will call again, as a $100,000 reward remains for information that leads to the crime being solved.
Valeria Fermendjin, 70, was found dead inside her home on Leach Highway, Melville on January 7 last year.
It’s believed she was killed two days earlier between 7.30am and 8.30am, and several items were stolen from her home, including a Russian-made black leather handbag.
Police are appealing to a man who called Crime Stoppers last Monday around 12.40pm and a different person who called on Wednesday, January 13 at about 12.15pm to call again.
“Nobody should have to go through what we have been living every day since the despicable crime that was committed that took Valeria from our lives”
They both anonymously provided information that helped detectives with follow up inquiries.
CCTV and dash cam footage collected near Ms Fermendjin’s home around Leach Highway and Stock Road has been reviewed, but police also want to speak to a couple who are believed to have walked past the house around the time she died.
Ms Fermendjin’s daughter Violeta and son-in-law Ivan issued a statement in January pleading for anyone with knowledge to contact police.
“Nobody should have to go through what we have been living every day since the despicable crime that was committed that took Valeria from our lives,” the family said.
“Valeria certainly didn’t deserve to be the victim of a callous act such as this.”