POLICE have made a breakthrough in the murder case of mother-of-two Carly McBride with detectives arresting a 39-year-old man at San Remo this morning.
Ms McBride vanished on September 30, 2014, after driving from her home at Belmont to visit her daughter, who lived with an ex-partner in Muswellbrook.
She had been due to meet her boyfriend at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant but never showed up.
The 31-year-old’s remains were discovered in roadside scrub at Owens Gap on the outskirts of Scone on August 7 last year.
Hunter Valley detectives formed Strike Force Karabi to investigate her disappearance and conducted a series of extensive searches of bushland and properties in the Muswellbrook area.
Just after 8am strike force investigators travelled to a home at San Remo where they arrested a man, 39, in connection with the murder.
He was taken to the Wyong police station to assist detectives with their inquiries.
Detectives have also executed a search warrant at the man’s home in nearby Buff Point.
The parents of the murdered young woman last year made an emotional plea for someone to come forward with “the final piece of the puzzle”.
Steve McBride and Lorraine Williams fronted media in Newcastle to thank investigators for getting as far as they had and urged anyone to come forward with more information.