Police are closing in on the killer of 77-year-old Sydenham woman Vicki Ramadan.

Police said a suspect has been identified for the brutal murder of Ms Ramadan but are appealing for more information.

Ms Ramadan was discovered by a neighbour inside her Marlborough Way home on Saturday, April 6, about 9.45am. Investigators have confirmed she died after a brutal attack some time between March 23 and April 6.

Squatters at a premise near Ms Ramadan’s home were an active line of investigation but police say this is no longer the case.

Detective Inspector Tim Day said detectives have re-visited the crime scene a number of times over the past five months and say a dispute Vicki reported to police on March 23 remains an active line of inquiry.

“We do have a suspect and this person has already been spoken to a number of times,” he said.

Detective Inspector Day said there will be someone in the community who knows what happened. 

“If there is anyone who believes they have information that could assist police, we urge you to come forward.

“Vicki would always generate conversation wherever she went,” he said.

“She was known to be very friendly and would always chat to local shopkeepers especially in the Watergardens area.

“The dispute remains a significant line of inquiry for us and there is every chance that Vicki has discussed this with someone.

“We are particularly keen to speak to any of the local traders who had a discussion with Vicki just prior to her death about a dispute she was involved in, especially who the dispute was with and what it involved.” 

Detectives are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.