Updated

July 17, 2019 12:29:48

Police have made a breakthrough in the investigation of the 2007 killing of Melbourne mother of three Cindy Crossthwaite, charging a 55-year-old man with murder.

Key points:

  • Cindy Crossthwaite was found dead in her Melton South home in 2007
  • A 55-year-old Footscray man was today charged with one count of murder
  • A $1 million reward remains for information on the mum-of-three’s death

The Footscray man was arrested at a business in Tottenham, in Melbourne’s west, about 8:00am.

He was later interviewed and charged with one count of murder.

He was due to face the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

Ms Crossthwaite was found dead by her father in her Melton South home just after 4:00pm on June 20, 2007.

Her body was discovered after she failed to collect her two oldest children from school.

Police said her 15-month-old son, Jonas, was home at the time she was killed.

An autopsy revealed she died of head injuries.

In 2017, police announced a $1 million reward for information on the 41-year-old’s death and that reward remains on offer.

‘Someone was trying to mess with her’

At a press conference to announce the reward, Ms Crossthwaite’s daughter Jesmine Crossthwaite-Petrov said her siblings remembered the day their mother died as “the day we lost everything.”

“She was just beautiful. I remember she was just so loving and caring, she just loved us so much,” Ms Crossthwaite-Petrov said.

“She was just a happy person, she was so caring and loving and everyone loved her.

“This is why I just don’t know why it happened.”

Ms Crossthwaite-Petrov said at the time she remembered items at the family’s home vanishing before her mother was killed, including bins and ashtrays.

“I remember her pacing all the time, thought she was going crazy,” she said.

“Our outside furniture would be rearranged, our bikes and things given to us as children were rearranged, or outside in the backyard sometimes [things would go] missing and would reappear two days later.

“It was obvious someone was trying to mess with her … someone was playing with her.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Topics:

law-crime-and-justice,

murder-and-manslaughter,

police,

melton-south-3338,

tottenham-3012,

footscray-3011,

vic

First posted

July 17, 2019 11:58:40



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