Western Australian detectives have made an incredible breakthrough in the disappearance of Perth teenager Radina Djukich, who went missing from the suburb of North Beach 27 years ago.
While Djukich’s body has never been found, police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter nearly three decades after the 14-year-old originally went missing. It is not publicly known what relationship the man, now 69, had with the teenager.
Djukich was reported missing on May 16 in 1992 and hasn’t been seen since she left her home in the Perth suburb.
Speaking to media on Thursday, Acting Deputy Commissioner Gary Budge explained that the man charged in relation to the alleged manslaughter would appear in a Perth court on Friday.
“It will be alleged that he provided an injection to Radina and she subsequently died,” Budge explained. “He later buried her body in a bush location. At this time, Radina’s remains have never been recovered.”
Rudge said the police’s thoughts were with Djukich’s family, who he said would find the news “traumatic”. He also said there was still a long way to go in the investigation and urged anyone who had any information about the teen’s manslaughter to come forward with information.
“Over a period of time friendships and acquaintances change,” he said. “There may be someone out there who has some information about Radina’s manslaughter or circumstances around that and we’d like to encourage those people to come forward now.”
Rudge could not go into details as to whether Djukich’s death was an accident, but confirmed to media that a charge had been made in relation to manslaughter.
“None of these matters are ever closed, they’re always open,” he said. “The team have been doing some particular investigation into this matter from about the last year.”
He said the matter had been investigated a number of times over the past 27 years that the family is involved and advised when investigations are undertaken.
“This provides some outcome for the family that we’ve charged someone, but as I’ve said, there’s still a long way to go,” Rudge said.
He also confirmed there had been a number of attempts over the years to locate Djukich’s remains, but there had been no luck so far.
Anyone with information in relation to the case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.