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Samantha Mizzi

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing to appeal for information in relation to the murder of Samantha Mizzi in St Kilda in 1994.

On 28 March, 1994 Samantha travelled to the area from Castlemaine to try and earn some money to support her children, who were at home being cared for by a friend.

Around 9.50pm the following day, Samantha was seen by two witnesses on Brighton Road, near Blanche Street, speaking to an unknown man.

The pair had a short conversation before walking off together towards Blanche Street.

Local residents told police that sometime between 10pm and 10.30pm on 29 March, they heard a woman scream three or four times.

Around 11pm, a passerby discovered Samantha in an unresponsive state amongst the ti-tree at the rear of a property at 333 Brighton Road in St Kilda.

Samantha was conveyed to hospital but sadly passed away the following morning.

She had been severely beaten with an object and suffered a violent sexual assault, before being stripped and left to die in the bushes.

Samantha’s belongings had also been stolen.

Despite a search of the area, the weapon used in Samantha’s fatal assault was not located.

The man seen speaking to Samantha that night has been described as being between 40-45 years of age, perceived to be of Caucasian appearance, about 182cm tall with a thin build and short grey hair that was parted to the left.

At the time he was wearing a fawn coloured zip-up jacket and slacks.

Police have released a photo of Samantha and urge anyone with knowledge of who is responsible for her murder to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppers.com.au.

Reviewed 31 March 2021

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