Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death in Murray Bridge

SUSPICIOUS: Police gathered outside the Albert Street home where the alleged murder of the 57 year-old female resident occured. Photo: Emma Zirkel
SUSPICIOUS: Police gathered outside the Albert Street home where the alleged murder of the 57 year-old female resident occured. Photo: Emma Zirkel

Police have been investigating the circumstances surrounding a suspicious death which occurred at Albert Street in Murray Bridge just after 8pm last night.

Upon arrival at the Albert Street home police patrol discovered the body of the 57 year-old female occupant of the home and had sustained “significant injuries” which led police to the conclusion that she had been murdered.

A witness was walking their dog near the scene last night and reported that a man was allegedly trying to kick in the door of the home just after 8 pm.

Between the time of the incident and 9 pm there were a number of reported sightings of the suspect, the last confirmed sighting was at Elizabeth Street and Railway Terrace in Murray Bridge. 

The man was allegedly wearing a red faded t-shirt, jeans and no shoes at the time of the incident. 

Officer in Charge of the South Australian Major Crime Investigation Section Detective Superintendent Des Bray addressed media outside of the home at 9:30 am this morning.

“We know that he is about 44 years-old, Caucasian appearance, average build and balding with very short hair around the sides and possibly a rat’s tail,” he said.

“We do know that a number of people know who is responsible for the murder and we encourage the man or his friends to either, through family or friends or a solicitor, contact police and give themselves up.

“There may be people who know the identify of the person. We encourage people not to approach him but to contact police immediately if he’s seen.”

Detective Superintendent Des Bray said that police were not aware of the exact relationship between the man and the woman but ruled out that it was a de facto relationship.

A forensic response team was assessing the home and will remain there for a “considerable” amount of time.

“There was a number of locations where the person was seen, they need to be searched,” he said,

“We have STAR (Special Tasks and Rescue) group officers coming up and a search coordinator coming up a little bit later this morning and SES crews joining to conduct searches in a number of areas.

“We also have police making inquiries to locate the offender.”

He confirmed that they do not know the exact reason for the murder but said that both the victim and the suspect are known to local police and that they “know the identity of the suspect”. 

More to come.