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Search for clues in SA cold case

AAP logoAAP 21/08/2016

A string of supermarket break-ins in the late 1980s could help police solve the murder of South Australian man nearly 27 years ago.

Brett William Winn disappeared in November 1989 after a break-in at the Hallet Cove supermarket, where he worked as an assistant manager.

The store was accessed with a key, the alarm deactivated with an employee code and $60,000 was stolen - leading police to believe Mr Winn was the "inside man" for the robbery.

In 2002 police found the skeletal remains of Mr Winn under the former house of his associate after a tip off.

One of the trio suspected of the supermarket break-ins was charged with Mr Winn's murder but was acquitted by a jury.

He committed suicide several years ago.

On Sunday, Detective Sergeant Jennifer O'Donohue said police still believe that man was one of those responsible for Mr Winn's death.

"Ultimately we don't know, and may never know, but the right information from the right people could bring some resolution to this matter," Det Sgt O'Donohue said.

"In particular we are very keen to hear from anyone with information about the third person committing these breaks on supermarkets in the late 80s."

A reward of $200,000 is available for anyone providing information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or people responsible.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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