About 9.30pm on Saturday 6 November 1999 two men forced their way into the McKellar home of elderly couple, Gregor and Irma Palasics.
The couple were bound and savagely beaten before the men ransacked their home and stole cash and jewellery. Irma did not survive her injuries and died at the scene.
Gregor and Irma were victims of a burglary in 1997 and an aggravated burglary in 1998 when they lived in Red Hill.
During the burglary in 1997 unknown offender(s) stole a large sum of cash and jewellery.
Police suspect that a possible link exists between the burglaries in 1997 and 1998 and the home invasion (aggravated burglary) on 6 November which resulted in the murder of Irma Palasics.
Public appeal video
In August 2012 police released CCTV footage of an attempted aggravated burglary at Pitch & Putt in Phillip which took place 1.50am, Sunday 16 May 2010. Four teenagers appear in the CCTV footage, showing them break into the Pitch & Putt golf course by charging at the metal roller door of the storage area.
Police believe forensic evidence links the Pitch & Putt attempted burglary with the crime scene in November 1999 which resulted in the murder of Irma Palasics.
Police are urging anyone with any information, no matter how small, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.
A $500 000 reward is in place for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person(s) responsible for Irma’s murder and an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be considered for any accomplice who first gives information.
Reward poster for Irma (PDF)
Media releases for Irma