Arrest made over 1982 suspicious disappearance of Roxlyn Bowie

Detectives investigating the 1982 suspicious disappearance of Roxlyn Bowie have arrested a man in Queensland today.

Roxlyn Bowie, aged 31 at the time, was last seen at her Walgett home on Saturday 5 June 1982.

Local police commenced an investigation into her disappearance before the case was assigned to the Homicide Squad.

A Coronial Inquest in 2014 found Mrs Bowie had died but that her cause of death was undetermined. Her body has not been located.

The Robbery and Serious Crime Squad commenced a renewed investigation into her suspicious disappearance under Strike Force Maluka.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives from the Queensland Police Service’s Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team, in the presence of Strike Force Maluka investigators, arrested a 69-year-old man at a correctional facility in Woodford, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, just after 9am today (Friday 4 October 2019).

He was taken to Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on a NSW arrest warrant, where NSW Police detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW. The man is being escorted to Sydney via a flight tomorrow (Saturday 5 October 2019).

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, praised the work of investigators.

“We’ve had a dedicated team of detectives working on this investigation to uncover what happened to Roxlyn Bowie nearly four decades ago,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“The resolve of our investigators proves that we will continue to search for the truth – no matter how many years may pass.”

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Maluka investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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