Man, 73, charged with murder over Christine Neilan's outback death

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An elderly man has been charged with murder after a woman’s body was found in bushland in outback NSW last year.

Christine Neilan, 39, never returned from a walk in the state’s north west on January 8, 2020.

Her body was discovered the following morning near Sunflash Street and Black Prince Drive at Lightning Ridge.

She had died from extreme head injuries and her family feared she was murdered.

Man, 73, charged with murder over Christine Neilan’s outback death

Camera IconA man has been charged over Christine Neilan’s death. Credit: News Corp Australia

Homicide Squad detectives searched a property and surrounding bushland at Lightning Ridge between October 14 and 17 with the help of the dog unit, bomb squad and marine area command.

A 73-year-old man was arrested at a Lightning Ridge property on Monday morning before he was taken to Walgett Police Station and charged with murder.

He was refused bail and will appear at Walgett Local Court on Tuesday.

Detectives executed a crime scene warrant at the property and surrounds, which will continue today.

Man, 73, charged with murder over Christine Neilan’s outback death

Camera IconHer body was found near bushland. Credit: News Corp Australia

Earlier this year Ms Neilan’s family said she would usually take her dog Sooky on her morning walks, but on the day of her death she unusually left the dog behind.

Police released CCTV images of Ms Neilan at a Lightning Ridge supermarket at about 10.40am on Wednesday January 8, 2020.

She was last seen leaving her Lightning Ridge home between 11am to 11.30am that same day.

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