The NSW Government and NSW Police Force is offering a $500,000 reward for information regarding the murder of Radojko Djordjevic 39 years ago.
On Thursday 31 January 1985, the decomposed body of a man was located in bushland off South Marulan Road, just east of the Hume Highway, at Marulan in the Southern Highlands.
The man appeared to have fatal gunshot wounds with a post-mortem examination confirming he had been shot three times in the neck and chest.
The man was subsequently identified as Radojko Djordevic, who was reported missing by his wife when he failed to meet her and his children in Canberra for the Bojic church festival on Saturday 26 January 1985.
A coroner’s report indicated Mr Djordevic likely died between 9.30pm on Thursday 24 January and 11am on Thursday 31 January 1985.
As a prominent member of Western Sydney’s Serbian community, president of the Free Serbian Orthodox church and president of the Old Toongabbie branch of the Liberal Partry, police believe the murder may have been politically motivated.
In 2003, homicide detectives under Strike Force Wirrah, arrested and charged a man with the murder; however, he was later acquitted.
As the case remains unsolved and under investigation, a $500,000 reward has been announced for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Mr Djordevic’s murder.