"IT'S been three years since we lost Rodney and it's fair to say that Christmas isn't the same for us anymore."
That was the message from the sister of Rodney Scarman whose murdered body was found shoved in a cupboard on Boxing Day 2011.
Yesterday, Mr Scarman's sister Robyn Turner pleaded for the killer to come forward.
It's been three years since Mr Scarman was killed, but NSW detectives are no closer to finding the person who jammed the victim into an electrical cupboard of a Waterloo unit.
Mr Scarman, who lived at the Walker St unit block and was seen alive a few hours before his murder, suffered massive injuries.
"Losing him was hard enough but not having any answers has made it even worse for our family," Ms Turner said.
"I am pleading with people to look into their conscience and have the courage to come forward and speak with the police, no matter how small they think the information is.
"Please think, if it was your family member you would want someone to speak up."
Redfern Local Area Commander, Superintendent Luke Freudenstein, said it was time for Mr Scarman's family to find peace.
"Mr Scarman was a well-known resident of a busy unit complex," he said.
"There is no doubt that there are people who know what happened to him and I am pleading with those people to come forward and assist us.
"Today is the third anniversary of his death and we want to be able to put closure to this and allow his family to start the process of moving on."
Superintendent Freudenstein said drugs played a key role in the killing.
"Through our inquiries we do believe the incident is drug-related and that the person, or people, involved may live nearby," he said.
- APN NEWSDESK