A REWARD has been announced for information leading to the recovery of the body of a young mother of two who disappeared, and is believed to have been killed, a year ago.
Tanja Ebert, 23, was reported missing by her husband and sister-in-law on August 10 last year – two days after the last confirmed sighting of her.
Ms Ebert’s husband, Michael Burdon, 41, fatally shot himself at the couple’s property, Oulnina Park Station at Manna Hill, on August 16, while police were present making enquiries into his wife’s disappearance.
He remains the only suspect in relation to her suspected murder.
A reward of $200,000 was announced on Monday for any information leading to the recovery of Ms Ebert’s remains, with investigators revealing they believe that there are people in the community who know exactly what happened to her.
Detective Sergeant Paul Ward, from the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch, said the investigation has been able to establish a timeline of certain events, however there remains a period of six to seven hours, on August 9, where police cannot account for Burdon’s movements, as well as another 35-40 minute period on August 8.
“As a result of our 12-month-long investigation, we suspect there are people that do know the circumstances of Tanja’s death,” Detective Sergeant Ward said.
“We would encourage those people to come forward and speak with us.”
He said, while police were advised that Ms Ebert got out of the family vehicle at Roseworthy on August 8 and walked away, investigators now strongly suspect she was still in the vehicle after it travelled north from the Roseworthy
“There are pieces of information that have been identified during the investigation that have led us to believe that,” he said.
Anyone with information about this matter is urged to call Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) or report online (crimestopperssa.com.au).