The husband of a woman who police suspect was murdered in northern New South Wales almost 40 years ago has been arrested in Brisbane.
- A $1 million reward was offered last year for information into Ms Bowie’s suspected murder
- Police had searched two sites around Walgett following a tip-off about the cold case
- Mr Bowie’s arrest comes 40 years after his wife Roxlyn disappeared from the couple’s home
Detectives are questioning John Bowie over the disappearance of Roxlyn Bowie from their Walgett home in 1982.
Ms Bowie was 31 years old when she disappeared from the home she shared with her husband and two young children. Her body has never been found.
Mr Bowie, now 69, was arrested at a jail on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast this morning following an investigation into Ms Bowie’s disappearance by the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad.
He is expected to be extradited to Sydney tomorrow.
Arrest news ‘bittersweet’
Ms Bowie’s daughter, Brenda Boyd, said her father’s arrest had provided “a very bittersweet moment for our family”.
“I’m so thankful that police never forgot about mum and never gave up trying to find out why she was so cruelly taken away from us.
“As we are still coming to terms with this news, our family requests privacy at this time.”
New South Wales Police issued a $1 million reward last year for information on her suspected murder.
Around the same time, police excavated a massive dam on private property and searched an industrial site in the Walgett area following a tip-off about the case.
Ground-penetrating radar technology was used to search large concrete slabs at the industrial site, which were laid around the time of Ms Bowie’s disappearance.
A coronial inquest in 2014 found Ms Bowie had died but the cause of death was not determined and her body has never been found.
Ms Boyd said her mother was kind and loving and she still thought about her daily.
“There are many things I miss about her, including her shy and sweet smile,” she said.
“She was a devoted mother — my brother and I never doubted how loved we were.
“She, too, was so loved by those who were lucky to meet her.”
Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad commander, 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,” he said.
“The resolve of our investigators proves that we will continue to search for the truth — no matter how many years may pass.”