The partner of missing American woman Priscilla Brooten has been charged with her murder, almost a year after she disappeared from their Brisbane home.
The Bracken Ridge house was excavated on the weekend, with cadaver dogs leading police to a small area in the front yard for the dig.
Forensic officers will remain at the residence until the weekend.
Ms Brooten was reported missing in December, despite last being seen in July 2018. (Supplied: Queensland Police)
Ms Brooten, 46, was last seen in July 2018, but she was not reported missing until December.
Ms Brooten’s 43-year-old partner of one year, Mark Waden, was taken into custody on the weekend but released without charge.
He was again taken into custody on Thursday afternoon and charged with murder.
He is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.
During a press conference on the weekend, Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Hogan said Ms Brooten had a daughter and mother living in California.
She was described an outgoing, friendly person and a dedicated mother who enjoyed yoga and Zumba.
He said she was heavily involved in online gaming and he believed her friends in chat groups may be able to help piece together her last moves.
Officers also appealed for information about Ms Brooten’s blue Volkswagen Golf hatchback, which was found abandoned on Bunton Street, Scarborough, on July 6 last year.
The car was also declared a crime scene.