The alarm was raised when she didn’t attend work on Tuesday. Family members went to her house to search for her but couldn’t find her.
The couple’s son was being cared for by his grandmother at the time.
A family member, who didn’t want to be named, said the relatives who went to the house saw her car in the garage and realised she hadn’t been to work.
The relative said Mr Pandilovski had been involved in a head-on car crash on Tuesday morning and was taken to hospital.
Police said two cars collided head-on on Davis Road at Mount Cottrell – about 50 kilometres from Ms Pandilovski’s home – about 10.30am on Tuesday.
“It is believed the collision may be linked to the Mill Park homicide,” a police spokeswoman said.
Paramedics took three people to hospital in the wake of the collision. Mr Pandilovski was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition with lower body injuries.
A man in his 30s was taken to Sunshine Hospital in a stable condition with minor injuries, and a teenager was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition with upper body injuries.
Ms Pandilovski’s aunt Mary Yoannidis wrote on social media that she was in shock.
“My beautiful niece, words can’t explain how we are feeling now. Your life was taken from us and we couldn’t help,” she wrote.
“I love you always, life will never be the same, our hearts will never be the same.
“Rest in peace my beautiful angel.”
Claire McInerney, the principal at Plenty Parklands primary school, said counselling was being offered to staff and students.
“Our school community is coming to terms with this sad news. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of such a positive, supportive and professional member of our community,” she said.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to Elaine’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
The couple had been married for more than 15 years but had separated in the past few years. Mr Pandilovski was living in Epping.
One neighbour said they had seen him mowing the lawn out of the front of the Mill Park property in recent weeks.
Homicide squad detectives remained at the scene on Wednesday morning as they determined the circumstances around Ms Pandilosvki’s death.
Neighbour Vesna said she had seen Ms Pandilosvki and her son and husband at the home but didn’t know them well.
“We said ‘Hi’ and ‘Bye’,” she said. “It was a quiet family.”
“I was so scared last night when I saw the police.
“Someone was screaming, maybe kids, out the front. They were crying.”
Anyone with any information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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Simone is a crime reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Age, and before that for The Australian in Melbourne.
Paul is a reporter for The Age.
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