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Squatters Key Focus Of Brutal Elderly Murder Investigation

Squatters living in suburban Melbourne nearby where an elderly woman was brutally murdered in her own home, are a focus of homicide detectives.

Vicki Ramadan, 77, was found dead, having suffered injuries on Saturday inside her Marlborough Way home at Sydenham where she lived alone.

"We know that there was a house that was frequented by squatters in the street," Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper told reporters on Wednesday.

The detective confirmed that Ms Ramadan had made "quite a number of reports to the police over quite a long period of time" about issues in the neighbourhood.

A weapon or "instrument" was used to inflict her injuries but police did not reveal what kind of item or whether it had been found.

"It's a brutal attack, there's no other way to put it. A vulnerable 77-year-old woman living by herself, it really was a horrific attack," Insp Stamper added.

Investigators are working to determine how Ms Ramadan made her way home before she died.

She was last seen alive on April 1, walking along Gourlay Road at the neighbouring suburb of Hillside.

It was too far for her to have walked home and police believe she may have been given a lift or used public transport and want to try and confirm those details.

"Sadly she had been deceased for some time in the house but we don't know specifically how long," Insp Stamper said.

"We really do need the public's assistance with this investigation. There's still a lot of unanswered questions that we want to get answers to, specifically around Vicki's movements."

Ms Ramadan was "somewhat distant" from her family, police said.

"But obviously they are devastated and want some answers," Insp Stamper said.

© AAP 2019

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