Barbaro family makes emotional plea
Ricardo Barbaro's stepmother has urged him to 'come forward and do the right thing if you've done anything wrong' as a manhunt continues after mother Ellie Price was found dead.
Ricardo Barbaro's stepmother, Anita, has made an emotional plea for the 33-year-old to 'come forward and do the right thing if you've done anything wrong' as a manhunt continues after Melbourne mother Ellie Price was found dead.
Ms Price's body was discovered in her South Melbourne townhouse on Monday, sparking a search for "Rick" Barbaro from the notorious Barbaro family.
Police believe the mother-of-one had an on-off relationship with Barbaro, which Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said on Friday had a history of family violence and was a line of inquiry being looked into.
The victim's car was found overnight on Thursday at Diggers Rest, northwest of Melbourne, but there was no sighting of Barbaro.
Police say Ms Price likely suffered a "violent" assault on April 28 or 29 and may have been dead for up to five days before being found.
The hunt for 33-year-old Barbaro continues, with detectives from the homicide squad, fugitive taskforce and other police units searching for him.
His stepmother Anita, who is married to Ricardo's father Joe, said this was devastating for everybody and passed on her 'deepest and most sincere condolences' to Ms Price's family.
"Firstly to Ellie and her family, words cannot describe the heartache we have for you all, especially for her little boy, we can't possibly imagine how he must now face life and continue living without his Mummy," she said in a statement [sic] to 9News.
"Ricky, were extremely worried about you, were in complete disbelief as we know you to be the man who is gentle and loving, youre a great father and brother to all, Ricky Son, if you've done anything wrong please come forward and do the right thing for the sake of this poor young woman and family, and the incomprehensible pain they must be suffering, you need make contact with somebody.
"You have a daughter of your own and young sisters, if this happened to them you would need to know what happened, if you know anything at all.
"We're here for you, again I know you, we lived together for nearly a decade when you stepped in at 16 years of age to be there for your little sisters and I when your father went to prison.
"You gave up your life and family to help raise your sisters.
"You were there every single day helping us, helping me at a time I had lost my own daughter at only two weeks old, I know you felt the pain of what that did to us as a family. Ricky no matter what where here for you just please come forward."
Ricardo, who is the godfather of one of Anita's two daughters, is also the brother of Sydney underworld boss Pasquale Timothy Barbaro, who was gunned down in 2016.
His grandfather Peter Pasquale Barbaro was also gunned down in Brisbane in 1990, while his father's cousin Pasquale Barbaro was killed alongside underworld figure Jason Moran while watching a children's football training session in 2003.
Another Pasquale Barbaro, from Griffith, was sentenced to 30 years jail for importing what was then the world's biggest ecstasy haul into Melbourne.
Anyone who spots Ricardo Barbaro should not approach him but call triple zero or Crime Stoppers with any information.
Police believe Ricardo Barbaro could be travelling in his white 2009 Toyota HIace van, with registration 1OZ 8PC.
He is described as being 185cm tall with a solid build, black hair and olive complexion.