NSW Police are renewing their appeal for information into the disappearance of a man from Sydney’s south more than 25 years ago, as part of this year’s Missing Persons Week.
Richard Sajko, then aged 21, was last seen in the car park of his workplace on Bourke Street, Mascot, on Saturday 13 May 1995.
When Mr Sajko failed to visit his mum on Mother’s Day, the following day (Sunday 14 May 1995), he was reported missing to police.
His car, a red Holden Commodore sedan, was found parked in Edwin Street at Croydon, later that day.
At the time of his disappearance, Richard was described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a fair complexion, about 155-160cm tall, with a thin build, brown hair and blue eyes.
In March 2014, the NSW Government announced that a $100,000 reward would be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Mr Sajko.
In September 2014, a coronial inquest found that it was likely Mr Sajko had died, but the date, place and cause of death was undetermined.
The Deputy State Coroner referred the matter to the Unsolved Homicide Unit, who along with the Missing Persons Registry, continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Sajko’s disappearance.
Richard’s mother Rozi Sajko continues to urge those who have information to come forward.
“Richard was my only son. Losing him was devastating but being here today 25 years later without answers is absolutely heartbreaking,” Mrs Sajko said.
“My husband Karlo passed away without knowing what happened to Richard and that fills me with sadness.
“I am pleading with anyone that has information to contact police and help us find out what happened to my son,” Mrs Sajko said.
A $100,000 reward remains in place for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Richard Sajko.
Anyone with information about Mr Sajko’s disappearance is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information is treated in strict confidence. The community is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons and runs between Sunday 2 August and Saturday 8 August 2020.
For more information on the campaign visit www.missingpersons.gov.au.