WA Police offer $100,000 reward for information about Valeria Fermendjin murder


Police are looking for a Russian-made, black handbag stolen from Valeria Fermendjin’s Melville home.
Police are looking for a Russian-made, black handbag stolen from Valeria Fermendjin’s Melville home.

It is the earliest WA Police has ever offered a monetary reward for information relating to a homicide investigation and comes just under three months since Mrs Fermendjin was found brutally murdered in her Leach Highway home.

“I can say that this is probably the first time we have gone down this pathway so early in an investigation,” State Crime Assistant Commissioner Michelle Fyfe said.

“We are always looking for investigative strategies that will enhance our opportunities to identify the offender or offenders and we believe the offer of this reward is an incentive that will hopefully get someone to come and speak with us.”

Announcing the reward, Mrs Fyfe also revealed a number of items were stolen from Mrs Fermendjin’s home, including a Russian-made black leather handbag.

“It is embossed on both sides, has a zip top and a metal buckle and we ask anyone who may know its whereabouts to contact police,” she said.

The revelation seems to confirm Major Crime Squad’s earlier theory that Mrs Fermendjin was killed during a burglary.

Mrs Fyfe also urged a man who called Crime Stoppers in January to contact police.

Information from the public is treated confidentially and callers to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 can remain anonymous if they wish. Reports can also be made online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.