'Screaming, crying' heard before woman found dead in home

Police are searching for a 44-year-old Bentleigh man after an elderly woman was found dead inside a Bentleigh home about 4pm on Tuesday.

Socrates Tamvakis is urged to come forward and contact police as they believe he may be able to assist with the homicide investigation.

Police wish to speak with 44-year-old Bentleigh man Socrates Tamvaki in relation to the murder of an elderly woman in her home. Picture: Victoria Police

Neighbours have described hearing hysteric screaming and crying before a woman's body was found at a Melbourne home as detectives investigate a suspected homicide.

The woman, believed to be a mother of three, suffered a number of severe lacerations, Victoria Police say.

There are reports a knife was found at the scene.

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Neighbours have told media that a 74-year-old woman lived at the London Street property in Melbourne's south-east where homicide detectives and forensic team spent most of the night gathering evidence.

They say the victim lived in the home for 35 years and described the street as being normally quiet and family orientated.

A neighbour who lived near the woman for about 20 years said the victim, who is yet to be formally identified, was a "really nice lady" who would often bring her family homemade biscuits.

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“She has been very friendly to us since we moved here.

“When we were young she would invite us over for dinner."

The neighbour told the Herald Sun she heard “hysterical crying and a woman saying ‘oh my God, oh my God’” around the time police discovered the elderly woman's body.

“She was friendly to everyone, as she was to us.

“It is really quite shocking.”

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Forensic examiners have spend much time searching the front bedroom of the woman's home as well as a car parked in the driveway.

Investigators have been unable to make contact with Mr Tamvakis and warn the public not to approach him but contact triple-0 (000) if sighted.

Anyone with information relating to the murder is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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