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Friends and family of Peter Hofmann appeal for information about his death

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00:31 AM

Friends and family of Peter Hofmann are appealing for members of the community to come forward with information, as police continue their investigation into his death.

Officers from Eastern Beaches Local Area Command, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, have established Strike Force Perrey to investigate the death of 68-year-old Peter Hofmann after his body was located in Maroubra on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

Police investigating the incident believe Mr Hofmann may have been living and sleeping in his vehicle in Mons Avenue prior to his death.

Inquiries have found that Mr Hofmann fell into hard times after he was defrauded by a scam eventually taking his money, property and investments.


At this stage in their investigations detectives have not discovered a motive for Mr Hofmann’s murder but do not believe it was related to Mr Hofmann’s situation and homelessness.

Eastern Beaches Superintendent Karen McCarthy said her officers are following a number of lines of inquiry into the death.

“The officers attached to Strike Force Perrey are following all known leads surrounding the incident.

“Police are currently searching a tip at Lucas Heights for clothing as we have now recovered the knife that we believe was used in the murder,” Supt McCarthy said.

“In particular, we are interested in speaking to members of the community who saw anyone acting suspiciously in Mons Ave or Coral Sea Park on the night of the murder.

“We believe there are members of the Maroubra community who know what happened the night Mr Hofmann died. If you are one of those people we urge you to get in touch with us or to report what you know anonymously via Crime Stoppers,” Superintendent McCarthy said.

Peter’s sister, Patricia Hofmann, appealed to the conscience of those who know what happened to her brother but haven’t yet provided information to investigators.

“My brother, Peter came to Australia in his early 20s and only retired a few years ago after a lengthy career as a bus driver,” Ms Hofmann said.

“Peter was living in his car after falling victim to a scam which eventually took all his money, property and investments.

“Several of his friends offered him a place to live but being fiercely independent and honourable he wanted to work things out himself and therefore politely refused.

“Peter was a quiet, gentle man who would never hurt anyone and yet someone felt they had the right to brutally attack him and leave him to die alone.

“Please, if you saw anything or you know anything about this shameful attack, contact the police,” Ms Hofmann said.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.