Police charge man with murder of Cheryl Ardler – Strike Force Bardsley

Detectives investigating the 2012 suspicious disappearance of Cheryl Ardler have today charged a man with murder.

Cheryl Ardler, aged 41, was last seen by neighbours on Greenhalgh Road, Cranebrook, on Wednesday 12 December 2012.

After failing to hear from Ms Ardler and holding concerns for her welfare, her family reported her missing in June 2013.

Detectives from Nepean Police Area Command established Strike Force Bardsley to investigate her disappearance and, despite exhaustive inquiries and numerous searches, Ms Ardler was not located.

A 2016 Coronial Inquest found Ms Ardler had died and the Coroner referred the investigation to the Homicide Squad.

On Sunday 6 May 2018, human remains were located in bushland near Laycock Street, Cranebrook, which were later forensically confirmed to be Ms Ardler.

Detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Unit, with the assistance of Nepean Police Area Command, commenced a renewed investigation under Strike Force Bardsley into Ms Ardler’s suspicious disappearance and suspected murder.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators charged a 39-year-old man with murder at Penrith Local Court today (Friday 12 April 2019).

Police will allege in court that the man, who was known to Ms Ardler, assaulted her before killing her and burying her in bushland in December 2012.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, praised the work of Strike Force Bardsley officers.

“We are continually encouraged by the support we receive from the community, who regularly provide us with information that helps our investigators,” Det Supt Cook said.

“The public should know that their assistance is one of our greatest assets in our pursuit for justice.”

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