Murder charge laid over 1982 suspicious disappearance of Roxlyn Bowie

Detectives have charged a man with murder following an investigation into the 1982 suspicious disappearance of Roxlyn Bowie.

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.

A 69-year-old man was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Service’s Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team, in the presence of Strike Force Maluka investigators, at a correctional facility in Woodford, Queensland, yesterday (Friday 4 October 2019).

The man appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court on a NSW arrest warrant, where NSW Police detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

He was escorted by investigators on a flight to Sydney today (Saturday 5 October 2019), before he was taken to Surry Hills Police Station.

The man has now been charged with murder and refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court tomorrow (Sunday 6 October 2019).

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