Victoria Police detectives are again hoping the public can help provide information in relation to the 1994 murder of Samantha Mizzi.
Ms Mizzi was severely beaten and sexually assaulted near Blanche Street, in St Kilda, on March 29, 1994.
On March 28, she had travelled to the area from Castlemaine to try and earn some money to support her children, who were at home being cared for by a friend.
Two witnesses saw Ms Mizzi speaking with an unknown man on Brighton Road, near Blanche Street, about 9.50pm on March 29. The pair had a short conversation before walking off together towards Blanche Street.
Local residents told police that sometime between 10pm and 10.30pm on March 29, they heard a woman scream three or four times.
About 11pm, a passer-by found Ms Mizzi in an unresponsive state among trees at the rear of a property at 333 Brighton Road, St Kilda.
Ms Mizzi was taken to hospital but sadly died the following morning.
Police said she had been beaten with an object and suffered a violent sexual assault, before being stripped and left to die in the bushes. Ms Mizzi's belongings had also been stolen.
Despite a search of the area, the weapon used in Samantha's fatal assault was not located.
The man seen speaking to Samantha that night has been described as being Caucasian in appearance and between 40 and 45 years of age. He was about 182cm tall with a thin build and short grey hair that was parted to the left. At the time he was wearing a fawn coloured zip-up jacket and slacks.
Police have released a photo of Samantha and urge anyone with knowledge of who is responsible for her murder to come forward.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppers.com.au
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