Appeal for Seaford information

MURDER: Whyalla man Peter Seaford (pictured) was murdered in his own home in 1989. SAPOL have begun new inquiries into his case through Operation Persist.

MURDER: Whyalla man Peter Seaford (pictured) was murdered in his own home in 1989. SAPOL have begun new inquiries into his case through Operation Persist.

In a new development in the mystery surrounding the murder of a Whyalla man in 1989, police have reached out to a person who instigated a call to Crime Stoppers in 2006 with information about the case.

Peter Seaford, 31, (pictured) was murdered in his own home, a unit on Essington Lewis Ave, Whyalla, on 12 March 1989. It is believed he was repeatedly beaten to death with a blunt object.

Police believe the motive for Mr Seaford’s murder was robbery, with between $500 and $1000 stolen from his home.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Schneemilch has issued an appeal to the person investigators are keen to speak with again via Crime Stopper’s television partner, Channel 9.

He said the person made contact with police in a very unusual way – contacting an independent person by dialing a random number and asking them to provide the information to police.

That person did so, with the instigator later calling them back to check they had passed the information on to police.

“The way this call has come about is quite unique,” Detective Senior Sergeant Schneemilch said.

“We know that the information they provided is intertwined with lines of inquiry we are currently following.

“Under Operation Persist this investigation is currently active and we would ask the instigator of that 2006 call to get in touch with us.”

Operation Persist is focused on resolving South Australia cold cases by using a wide variety of techniques including re-examining exhibits in light of changes in forensic technology.

Detective Schneemilch urged the person who instigated the contact with Crime Stoppers on August 9, 2006 to make contact again either through Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) or by contacting Major Crime.

A $200,000 reward is available for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for Mr Seaford’s death.