Unsolved Crimes

Peter Seaford murder - cold case review

Date: 09/10/2018
Location: SA, Australia
Contact: Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000


Peter Seaford, 31, was found dead inside his Whyalla unit at 4.45am on March 12, 1989. Police believe robbery was a motive because up to $1000 was stolen from his premises.

Earlier in the morning, the service station owner had been lured to his business by someone who triggered an alarm by throwing an object through a window. When Mr Seaford returned to his unit a short time later, it's believed he disturbed an intruder who bashed him to death.

Police say a mystery informant decided to share crucial details about the case by calling a stranger in August 2006 but its significance has only emerged during a recent review of the cold case. Detective Sergeant John Schneemilch said the caller asked the person to pass the information on to Crime Stoppers, which they did.

"The information that was provided is actually quite central to the current investigation that we're undertaking," Det. Sgt Schneemilch said. "It is quite pivotal to the inquiries we're making at the moment. So we're really asking that person to come forward."

Police have been reviewing the Peter Seaford murder as part of Operation Persist, which targets unsolved cold case murders in South Australia.