Karen Ristevski: Watergardens Bella Bleu shop closes

A high-end fashion store owned by Borce Ristevski quietly shut its doors last month as the investigation into the murder of his wife, Karen, intensifies.

Bella Bleu Boutique’s last remaining store at the Watergardens shopping centre in Taylors Lakes, in Melbourne’s north-west, closed down in the past month. 

Mrs Ristevski, 47, left the family home on June 29 last year and was never seen alive again. In February, her body was found in remote bushland north of Melbourne. 

Mr Ristevski and his wife co-owned the retail chain, which sold ‘pricey’ gowns and formal dresses and continued to operate long after Karen’s death. 

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Karen Ristevski and her husband Borce owned Bella Bleu Boutiques - with their final store closing down this week

Karen Ristevski and her husband Borce owned Bella Bleu Boutiques - with their final store closing down this week

Karen Ristevski and her husband Borce owned Bella Bleu Boutiques – with their final store closing down this week

Karen and Borce Ristevski's high-end fashion store Bella Bleu shut the doors of its bricks-and-mortar store in recent weeks, nearly a year after she went missing

Karen and Borce Ristevski's high-end fashion store Bella Bleu shut the doors of its bricks-and-mortar store in recent weeks, nearly a year after she went missing

Karen and Borce Ristevski’s high-end fashion store Bella Bleu shut the doors of its bricks-and-mortar store in recent weeks, nearly a year after she went missing

The store (pictured in March) kept chugging along until last month, when 'closing down sale' posts were published on social media

The store (pictured in March) kept chugging along until last month, when 'closing down sale' posts were published on social media

The store (pictured in March) kept chugging along until last month, when ‘closing down sale’ posts were published on social media

The Bella Bleu store advertised a closing down sale on its social media accounts last month

The Bella Bleu store advertised a closing down sale on its social media accounts last month

The Bella Bleu store advertised a closing down sale on its social media accounts last month

'Closing down sale!': Shopping centre workers have confirmed the Ristevski family's last Bella Bleu store shut its doors

'Closing down sale!': Shopping centre workers have confirmed the Ristevski family's last Bella Bleu store shut its doors

‘Closing down sale!’: Shopping centre workers have confirmed the Ristevski family’s last Bella Bleu store shut its doors

In social media posts published in early May, the store announced a ‘closing down sale!’. 

‘FINAL DAYS EVERYTHING MUST GO 50% OFF STOREWIDE! [sic]’ one post said. Shopping centre workers confirmed the store’s recent closure.

It comes amid a series of developments in the Ristevski case. 

Last week released CCTV footage of a Mercedes SLK driving through the town of Diggers Rest the day she vanished.

And in a bizarre encounter, Borce’s brother, Vasco, was last week spotted by a Channel Nine camera crew in remote bushland where Karen’s body was found. 

Herald Sun report at the weekend claimed an iPad seized from the family’s Avondale Heights home contained suspicious Google searches.

Those reportedly included ‘how police can detect traces of blood’, ‘how mobile phone data can be deleted’ and ‘how police might track phones’.  

A Channel Nine news crew spotted Vasko Riskevski (pictured), the brother-in-law of the murdered Melbourne woman, at the bushland area her body was found

A Channel Nine news crew spotted Vasko Riskevski (pictured), the brother-in-law of the murdered Melbourne woman, at the bushland area her body was found

A Channel Nine news crew spotted Vasko Riskevski (pictured), the brother-in-law of the murdered Melbourne woman, at the bushland area her body was found

Victorian police last week released footage of a car believed to be Karen Ristevski's being driven in the direction the Melbourne mother's body was found

Victorian police last week released footage of a car believed to be Karen Ristevski's being driven in the direction the Melbourne mother's body was found

Victorian police last week released footage of a car believed to be Karen Ristevski’s being driven in the direction the Melbourne mother’s body was found

The CCTV photo shows a black Mercedes-Benz SLK coupe driving through Diggers Rest towards Mount Macedon

The CCTV photo shows a black Mercedes-Benz SLK coupe driving through Diggers Rest towards Mount Macedon

The CCTV photo shows a black Mercedes-Benz SLK coupe driving through Diggers Rest towards Mount Macedon

Borce Ristevski has been named by his own lawyer, Rob Stary, as the prime police suspect into Karen’s disappearance. 

Last week, Missing Persons Squad Inspector Tim Day said: ‘I’ll take out the word prime and say yes, he is a suspect.’ 

Daily Mail Australia approached Mr Ristevski’s lawyer and Warrant Brands, a company linked to Bella Bleu, for comment. 

A phone number listed for Bella Bleu’s Watergardens store was disconnected on Monday morning. 

The brand’s website has been torn down and the shop has been deleted from the Watergardens online directory. 

Mr Ristevski (pictured, as pallbearer at his wife's funeral) denies any involvement in her killing

Mr Ristevski (pictured, as pallbearer at his wife's funeral) denies any involvement in her killing

Mr Ristevski (pictured, as pallbearer at his wife’s funeral) denies any involvement in her killing

Mr Ristevski denies any involvement in his wife’s death and was a pallbearer at her funeral in March.  

Mrs Ristevski vanished on June 29 last year. She left the couple’s Avondale Heights home that morning.

The couple reportedly had money problems prior to her disappearance.  

In February, a jogger discovered her body wedged between two logs in the Mount Macedon Regional Park in February. 

More than four months before Karen’s disappearance, the family’s other Belal Bleu store, this time at the Broadmeadows shopping centre, also closed.  

 


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