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The cold case murder of Ante Unkovich and suspected murder of his brother Davor

Posted on 22/10/2020

On 13 October 1972, Davor Unkovich (pictured above), aged 25 years, and his brother Ante Unkovich, aged 30 years, arrived in Adelaide having travelled by car from Perth.

Both men were born in Yugoslavia but had been living in Perth for some time.

It is believed they travelled to Adelaide to complete a business deal with a Yugoslavian man.

Prior to leaving Perth the brothers unsuccessfully tried to illegally purchase a handgun.

At about 11.15am on Sunday 22 October 1972, Davor Unkovich was found lying face down in shallow water at Maslin Beach.

He had been shot a number of times in the head. Davor was last seen alive on 19 October 1972 when in company with his brother Ante.

Their Holden Torana sedan was later located abandoned in Adelaide, and contained clothing belonging to both of them.

The murderer of Davor Unkovich has never been identified.

Ante Unkovich’s whereabouts remain unknown and he is suspected to also have been murdered.

A reward of up to $200,000 is on offer to anyone who either provides information leading to the recovery of Ante’s remains or information leading to a conviction in the case.




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