It sounds like an urban legend or scary story, but chilling new rumours about "the shovel man" are now circulating around the death of New Zealand mother Karen Ristevski.
A motorist was attempting to turn his car around on a dirt road in the outskirts of Victoria's Mount Macedon, north-west of Melbourne, following a party in December last year.
Ms Ristevski disappeared in June last year.
He later reported to police that a man carrying a shovel emerged from the bush.
The witness said he had joked to the man with a shovel, "what did you do to the body?"
He said the man responded with an expressionless face, Herald Sun reported.
The man went to the police after telling the story to a local motel owner, 7News reported.
Wellington-born Karen Ristevski's badly decomposed body was found by a bushwalker wedged between logs on a dirt track north-west of the city on Monday.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the remains were being taken for forensic tests to determine the cause of death.