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New push to solve dad’s 1999 murder

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The homicide of Andrew Podpinka has been an unsolved mystery in Perth for more than 20 years, but cold case detectives are now hoping to finally crack the case.

Mr Podpinka was last seen alive by a neighbour as he collected some mail about 2.45pm on March 4, 1999.

About one hour later, his wife and daughter returned home from shopping to find him dead in his Hannans St home in Morley.

The 43-year-old father had suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and back and was discovered on the floor of the master bedroom.


A man called police just after 2.30am the following Sunday from a phone box on Bath Rd in Morley.

The phone box, which no longer exists, was less than two kilometres from Mr Podpinka’s home.

The caller did not leave any contact information, but police believe he had “specific information” that could assist them.

A woman also called Crime Stoppers in June 2006, police said.

Her useful information was “quite detailed” and investigators believe she may have “intimate knowledge of the offence and offender”.

Camera IconThe homicide of Andrew Podpinka in 1999 remains unsolved. Supplied by Crime Stoppers Credit: Supplied

Police are now urging those two people to contact them again, saying they can remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers.

Special crime squad homicide officers will also be doorknocking properties in Turon St on Wednesday in a bid to identify any relevant information that may assist them in solving the case.

In September, the state government announced a reward of up to $250,000 was available for information that led to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible for the murder.

“This was a brutal killing of a man who was attacked while sitting inside his own home,” Police Minister Paul Papalia said at the time.

“Investigators are confident someone in the community knows what happened that day.

“I hope this reward might prompt someone to come forward and give information to detectives.

“For the sake of Mr Podpinka’s family, who have suffered pain and anguish for more than 20 years, I urge you to speak up.”

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