Police 'close' to solving body in barrel case

Police say they are "very close" to solving Victoria's body-in-a-barrel murder and hope a $100,000 reward will help close the case.

Grandmother Lucia Amenta disappeared from her Fawkner home in January 2008 and her body was found inside a barrel fished out of a lake at a Campbellfield reserve in October 2009.

Police say they have suspects, but have exhausted avenues of inquiry and can't solve the case without the public's help.

No arrests have been made.

Police hope the $100,000 reward announced on Friday will persuade people to come forward with information.

Homicide squad Detective Sergeant Brent Fisher says police are close to making an arrest but need public help to piece together how Mrs Amenta disappeared.

"The reason we've put a $100,000 reward today is that we are really close," Det Sgt Fisher told reporters.

"There is evidence pointing to some persons of interest and some suspects."

An information caravan has been set up on Sydney Road, Fawkner, where Mrs Amenta was last seen outside her home.

Police are also handing out flyers in the area.

"There is someone out there who knows what happened to Mrs Amenta and we need that person to share that information with us," Det Sgt Fisher said.

The reward will be paid at police discretion for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the death.

An inquest into Mrs Amenta's death is scheduled to begin on December 16.

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