Detectives investigating the 2011 disappearance and suspected murder of a man from the Illawarra are reappealing for assistance from the community, NSW Police say.
Strike Force Calligan was formed to investigate the disappearance of Goran Nikolovski, who was reported missing after leaving his Unanderra home on the evening of Monday 31 October 2011.
His vehicle, a silver/grey Honda sedan was found burnt out halfway up Macquarie Pass the following day (5 November 2011).
Mr Nikolovski has not been seen since nor has he accessed his bank accounts, and police believe he met with foul play.
The investigation is led by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, with assistance from Lake Illawarra and Wollongong detectives.
Almost six years after his disappearance, strike force investigators have received new information, which indicates Mr Nikolovski was lured from his home.
Detectives are now focusing their investigation on Mr Nikolovski’s close associates or those he would have trusted to be their company.
The Homicide Squad’s Detective Chief Inspector David Laidlaw said investigators would still like to speak with anyone who may be able to assist with their inquiries.
“We are keen to speak with anyone who was in the area near Mr Nikolovski’s Unanderra home the night he disappeared,” Det Ch Insp Laidlaw said.
“Given he was last seen on Halloween 2011, we believe there may be people who saw something while out and about and don’t realise they know something.
“To refresh memories, at that time, Mr Nikolovski was aged 35, and described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, with a solid build, and long brown hair, which he often tied in a pony tail.
“He was last seen at home about 8.30pm, wearing a light blue t-shirt, black tracksuit pants, and a black baseball cap.
“If anyone was in the area at that time and saw something suspicious, or who can recall seeing Mr Nikolovski, please contact police,” Det Ch Insp Laidlaw said.
Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Calligan investigators to call Crime Stoppers.