Police and search and rescue crews will continue to comb parkland in their hunt for the killers of a Melbourne father shot dead in a flurry of bullets on a freeway over the weekend.
Paul Virgona, 46, was found in a bullet-riddled van on the Eastlink Freeway at Donvale about 2.20am on Saturday and police want anyone with relevant CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.
They believe Mr Virgona was followed by a Mercedes sedan from his home in Croydon before being shot.
The Mercedes then drove off and was set on fire at Mooroolbark – in the city’s east – where the occupants got into a Volkswagen Amarok ute and drove off again about 2.50am.
Just after 3.10am, police sighted the Volkswagen on Windermere Drive in Ferntree Gully and attempted to intercept the vehicle.
Police followed the car before it was dumped near Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road at Bayswater and two men ran into the adjacent parkland.
The police air wing, dog squad and critical response team searched the area but could not find the pair.
Inspector Tim Day from the homicide squad called on anyone who was driving in Melbourne’s east in the early hours of Saturday between 1am and 4.30am to look back through any dashcam vision.
Police have urged anyone with vision of a Mercedes C200 sedan with the numberplate AZE 110, a Volkswagen Amarok with number plates 1NC 9PG or a white Volkswagen van with number plates ABE 158 to contact police.
Insp. Day also called for any residence in the Bayswater area near Mountain Highway who heard anything between 3.30am and 4:30am to call police.
He refused to release any description of the two offenders although confirmed they had that information.
Police are continuing their search of parkland today.