Police won't rule out foul play in Shepparton
Posted (July 2nd 2008) - ABC
Police have not ruled out foul play as the cause of a
Shepparton man's disappearance.
Engin Ozdemir, 46, was last seen at the Shepparton train station on June
Detective Sergeant Hilary Mark says his car was left at the station, and
he may have left in a white station wagon.
He says they are very worried about him.
"We're urging either him ... or anybody, any member of the public who may
know of his whereabouts, to contact Crimestoppers or us at Shepparton ... but
there is always the concern that some foul play has occurred, but we certainly
hope not," he said.
Man missing for two weeks
Posted - ABC
Police fear for the safety of a Shepparton man who
disappeared almost two weeks ago.
Engin Ozdemir, aged 46, was last seen at the Shepparton train station on
the 19th of June about 5:00pm (AEST).
Police believe he may have met someone at the station and got into their
ford station wagon that was parked next to his car.
He has not accessed his bank account or used his mobile phone since.
Detective Sergeant Hilary Mark from Shepparton Police says the man's
sister alerted them to his disappearance.
"It's not the way he normally behaves," he said.
"We have grave fears for his safety and I would urge anybody, the public
or even him himself, to contact either Shepparton CIU or Crimestoppers to let us
know that he's safe and well if he is."
Sister of missing Shepparton man appeals for help
Posted - 2nd July 2008 - ABC
The sister of a missing Shepparton man says she fears for
her brother's safety and is appealing to the public for help.
The missing man, Engin Ozdemir aged 46, was last seen at the Shepparton
train station on June the 19th at 5:00pm (AEST).
Police believe he may have met someone at the train station and say
security camera footage shows a station wagon parked next to his sedan that he
may have got into.
Detective Sergeant Hilary Mark fears Mr Ozdemir may have met with foul
"Since the 16th of June his account has not been accessed at all and we're
concerned about that because it's not his normal behaviour," he said.
"There is always the concern that some foul play has occurred but we
certainly hope not."
The missing man's sister, Hulya Ozdemir says he had a job interview on the
day went missing and had arranged to meet someone.
"If anyone's seen him, please contact the telephone number, the police,
me, anyone," she said.
"It's 12 to 13 days now and I'm worried too, there's no word of him."
Ms Ozdemir says she saw her brother the night before, and he appeared
happy and normal.
Police fear he may have met with foul play.
Detective Sergeant Hilary Mark says Mr Ozdemir's bank records show welfare
payments are still being paid but they have not been touched.
"He does have centrelink payments going into that account and previously
those funds were accessed relatively quickly after the payment went into the
account," he said.
"But since the 16th of June his account has not been accessed at all, and
we're concerned about that because it's not his normal behaviour."
Missing case turns into murder investigation
Posted - ABC
Police fear for the safety
of a missing Shepparton man. (supplied)
Victoria Police says the Homicide Squad is now
investigating the whereabouts of a missing Shepparton man.
Engin Ozdemir was last seen at the Shepparton railway station on June
Police suspect the 46 year old may have met with foul play.
His bank accounts have not been touched.
Police are planning to set up an information caravan in Shepperton
today, and are appealing for public help in the case.
Police seek public help to find missing man
POLICE are appealing
for public help to find a missing Shepparton man who has not been seen for
over a week.
Engin Ozdemir, 46, was last seen at his home in Carlisle Court,
Shepparton on Thursday, June 19.
His white 1990 Toyota Camry sedan was found a week later at the Shepparton
Police believe the car was parked at the station about 5pm on the day Mr
They believe he may have met with a person driving a white, 1990s model Ford
Mr Ozdemir has not accessed his bank account or mobile phone since his
He is described as about 5”5’ tall, with a medium build and short, dark
Police said he appeared well groomed, and was last seen wearing a black
jacket, dark blue pants, a black skivvy and dark brown shoes.
Anyone with any information about Mr Ozdemir’s disappearance or
who may have seen him at the Shepparton Railway Station on the afternoon of
June 19, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or
Police intensify search for missing Shepparton man
Posted - ABC (July 4th 2008)
Homicide detectives have stepped up their search for missing
Shepparton man Engin Ozdemir.
The 46-year-old disappeared on June 19. Police believe he may have met
someone at the Shepparton train station, in north-east Victoria, on that day.
They spent yesterday afternoon at the train station in hope commuters may
have recognised Mr Ozdemir, but had no luck.
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Harrington from the homicide squad urges
anyone with information to come forward.
"We do have grave concerns given the passage of time for his welfare," he
"We're keeping an open mind and we're hoping that he'll turn up safe and
sound, but at this stage we're taking into consideration that he may have met
with foul play, so it's very important that anybody that has information that
can assist us, come forward and contact Crimestoppers."
Hopes fading for missing Shepparton man
Police say their hopes of finding missing Shepparton man
Engin Ozdemir alive are fading.
It has been more than two weeks since the 46-year-old was last seen at his
Carlise Court home.
His white Toyota Camry was later discovered at the Shepparton train
station, but there has been no word on the missing man.
The Homicide Squad's Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Harrington says
police have received very little information from the local community.
"Hopefully he is safe and well and we can locate him as soon as possible,
but certainly with the passage of time and the uncharacteristic behaviour if you
like surrounding the circumstances, certainly it is going to be a consideration
that he might have met with foul play," he said.
"So any information would be greatly appreciated."
Bikies probed over
missing witness Engin Ozdemir
November 03, 2008 12:00am
bikies are under scrutiny over the suspected
murder of a prosecution witness.
The homicide squad is investigating links
between the motorcycle gang and the
disappearance of Shepparton man Engin Ozdemir,
Detectives believe Mr Ozdemir - who has
not been seen for more than four months - was
murdered in an ambush.
The Hells Angels had become part of the
investigation because they had previously
threatened Mr Ozdemir.
The missing man was a key witness in the
prosecution of a Melbourne businessman on
serious taxation and fraud charges.
Police say witnesses in that trial -
including Mr Ozdemir - were threatened by
interstate members of the Hells Angels and
another bikie gang, warning them not to give
Mr Ozdemir and another man, who was later
to testify by video link, went ahead with their
evidence at a preliminary hearing.
The man charged was jailed for four years
and was released from prison about a month after
the disappearance of Mr Ozdemir.
Mr Ozdemir had helped the businessman
launder money, set up shelf companies and open
dodgy bank accounts.
Mr Ozdemir, who also went by the names Can
Koray and John Koray, was last seen on June 19.
He left his home in
Carlisle Court, Shepparton, just before 5pm,
saying he was going to meet someone at 6.30pm
about three properties he was to manage. His
car, a 1990 Toyota Camry, was parked at the
Shepparton railway station at 5.13pm.
Detectives suspect a late-model Ford
station wagon parked in the next car space
within minutes may be connected to the
The cars were parked at the far perimeter
of the car park, well away from the station's
terminal. Security footage showed the Falcon
left within minutes of the Camry arriving.
Sen-Det Steve Trewavas of the homicide
squad said he believed Mr Ozdemir was not the
driver of the Camry and it might have been
parked there to give an impression he had left
"There's a 20-minute period where
something's happened," he said.
Mr Ozdemir has not used his bank account
or mobile phone since vanishing.
Det-Sgt Trewavas said there were other
possible motives for the killing.
Mr Ozdemir was a heroin and morphine user
who dealt cannabis and prescription drugs in the
"He had a lot of people coming around,"
Det-Sgt Trewavis said.
Mr Ozdemir regularly travelled to Fitzroy
to buy heroin. He was believed to have owed
money to several drug dealers and was badly
assaulted about a month before vanishing.
He told friends he was forced to fire a
shot to repel his attackers.
Mr Ozdemir's sister Hulya said she had
contacted psychics to help find her brother, one
of whom said he was alive and being held
"He was a drug user but he was a diamond
to us," she said. "I cry every night."
Mr Ozdemir is described as about 165cm
tall, of medium build with short dark hair.
Anyone with information on his
disappearance can call Crime Stoppers on 1800
333 000 or visit the website
Police offer reward to find Shepparton man
Victoria police are offering a $100,000 reward for
information about the disappearance of a man, they believe may have met with
Engin Ozdemir, 46, was last seen at his house in Shepparton, in the
state's north, in June 2008.
Police found his car a week later at the Shepparton Railway Station.
The man's sister, Huliya Ozdemir, has appealed for the public's help to
find her brother.
"All my family is under a lot of stress because of this. We miss him a
lot. It's been long time, it's been 21 months now. We want him, dead or alive.
Please help us. That's all I can say," she said.
Police hope the reward could lead to new information about Mr Ozdemir's
Ms Ozdemir, says she wants to know if her brother is dead or alive.
"[It's] so it's very hard not knowing... everytime we get a phone call, we
think it's him, [a] knock on the door, we think it's him, police ring us up, we
think he's dead," she said.
Missing man search sparks $100K reward
Victorian police hope a $100,000 reward will lead to new
information about the whereabouts of a man who disappeared from Shepparton, in
the state's north-east, nearly two years ago.
Engin Ozdemir, 46, was last seen at his house on Carlisle Court on June
Police believe he may have met with foul play and have offered the reward
in the hope of catching the person responsible for his disappearance.
The man's sister, Huliya Ozdemir, says she wants to know if her brother is
dead or alive.
"So it's very hard not knowing - 21 months, every time we get a phone call
we think it's him, knock on the door, we think it's him. Police ring us up, we
think he's dead. It's not one day, two days - it's 21 months," she said.