It's happening again. A married couple have a heated argument and the wife mysteriously disappears, never to be seen again. The distraught husband pleads with the public to come forward with information.
But we've seen it all before. In almost every case in recent history, the husband is finally arrested for his wife's murder. It's called trial by media, and heaven help her husband if he's innocent.
Two weeks ago Melbourne woman Karen Ristevski disappeared and police fear she is now dead. Her husband Boris said they had an argument about financial matters affecting the family business and she went for a walk to cool off.
At a recent press conference, a Channel 7 reporter asked Mr Ristevski directly if he killed his wife. His Aunt Patricia was distressed and called an immediate halt to the meeting. "That's really not appropriate at the moment.....honestly, I have to say, that is really inappropriate....this is about Karen, not about anything else, this is about finding Karen.
Mr Ristevski and their daughter
"That was the last thing she said to me" Mr Ristevski said. "I'm going to go and clear my head...she always walked in the door after calming down."
The couple's luxury home has been searched and Mr Ristevski was interviewed by police and later released, pending further developments.