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Jenni Davis. Picture: Lee Griffith
Jenni Davis. Picture: Lee Griffith

The wife of a High Wycombe businessman found dead in the back of his four-wheel-drive a year ago says her family is still struggling with his violent death and is haunted by the belief that an alleged accomplice has not been caught.

Peter Davis' body was found partially wrapped in black plastic and bundled in the back of his Mitsubishi Pajero in a Rivervale motel carpark about midnight on May 30 last year.

The 57-year-old's former business partner Ambrose John Clarke has been charged with his murder.

But Mr Davis' wife Jenni said it was worrying that a second man accused of being with Mr Clarke in his Toyota HiLux at the Great Eastern Motor Lodge just before Mr Davis' body was discovered had not been identified.

"We're always looking behind our backs - I don't think any of us have really had a full night's sleep," she said.

"This is so alien to us, so if it can happen to just an ordinary family, it could happen to any one of us again, I suppose."

Police allege a bitter financial dispute was the motive for the murder.

Mr Davis had left his High Wycombe home on May 30 about 6.30am. Mrs Davis said she felt something was wrong within hours of him leaving.

After being unable to reach her husband on his mobile phone, Mrs Davis discovered later he had not arrived at a Malaga meeting and failed to check in at his office.

By 3pm she called police, who issued an alert for his vehicle. His sons also searched for him.

After several hours, son Kurt Davis drove past the Great Eastern Motor Lodge. He allegedly spotted Mr Clarke in his blue Toyota HiLux parked in a side street and then saw his father's vehicle in the carpark.

Mrs Davis said she and their four sons still could not comprehend what had happened and were not aware of any fears her husband had for his safety.

"Every day you wake up and think about Peter and it's the last thing you think of when you go to bed," she said.

Mrs Davis said it was hard to move forward with a trial pending for her husband's alleged killer.

Mrs Davis said her children and grandchildren kept her going, as did her fight to keep afloat the concreting business her husband started.

Police have urged anyone who has information about Mr Davis' death to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The West Australian

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