You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Husband a suspect in 1989 Adelaide murder

AAP logoAAP 4/12/2016

The death of a prime suspect in the case of a South Australian woman who disappeared almost 30 years ago has prompted a new appeal for information.

Adelaide woman Renata Wolanin disappeared in 1989 and police suspect she was murdered.

Police say they always considered Ms Wolanin's husband, David Wehner - a domestic violence expert - as a "strong person of interest in connection with her disappearance".

"We always believed her husband knew more than he told us," Senior Constable Jason Edwards said in a statement on Sunday.

Mr Wehner died in New South Wales earlier this year, but police say this does not mean the investigation into his wife's disappearance is "closed".

"We are very keen to hear from anyone who was close to Ms Wolanin and her husband," Snr Const Edwards said.

He said people who may have been reluctant to talk to them in 1989 might be willing to speak to them now after Mr Wehner's death.

Police describe Mr Wehner as a "leading domestic violence expert and author".

Ms Wolanin, 41, was last seen by colleagues on August 1, 1989.

Mr Wehner told police his wife walked out of their Linden Park home following an argument.

She was never seen again.

Mr Wehner also told police they had an argument about curtains the evening before he realised she was missing.

In his statement to police, Mr Wehner said his wife stormed out of the house barefoot and dressed only in her pyjamas.

Mr Wehner told police he went to bed and when he awoke between 5am and 6am, his wife was not there.

But he did not think this was unusual as Ms Wolanin often went for early morning walks.

A psychologist at the time, Mr Wehner went to work, returned home and tried unsuccessfully to find his wife before reporting her missing.

Police say they have never been able to independently verify Mr Wehner's last reported sighting of his wife.

A $200,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the recovery of Ms Wolanin's remains and a conviction over her suspected murder.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon