Woman extradited from New Zealand over 2016 murder of Robert Dickie

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A woman has been extradited from New Zealand over the alleged murder of a man from the state’s Central West four years ago.

Robert Dickie, aged 71, was last seen leaving his Elong Elong home on Tuesday 14 June 2016.

His family reported him missing two days later and inquiries were commenced by detectives from Orana Mid Western Police District under Strike Force Gavin.

During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Mr Dickie had been murdered. Despite a number of forensic searches, his body has not yet been located.

Following extensive inquiries, Strike Force Gavin officers applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for a woman in September 2017.

After inquiries revealed the now 47-year-old woman was living in New Zealand, detectives requested assistance from New Zealand Police, who arrested her at a home unit in Auckland on Tuesday 7 April 2020.

The woman was taken to Auckland Police Station and processed on the NSW arrest warrant, before appearing at Auckland District Court, where her extradition to NSW was approved pending travel restrictions under COVID-19.

Earlier this week, detectives from Orana Mid Western Police District travelled to Auckland and after being granted clearance for the extradition, escorted the woman on a flight, and arrived at Sydney International Airport about 10.45am today (Thursday 25 June 2020).

Due to the current Public Health Orders for returning international travellers, the woman was detained at the airport while the arrest warrant was executed, and she was charged with murder.

She was refused bail and appeared via AVL to Central Local Court today.

The woman has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

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