THE boyfriend of murdered mother-of-two Carly McBride has been arrested today almost three years after she went missing in the Hunter Valley town of Muswellbrook.
Officers from Strike Force Karabi, set up after Ms McBride went missing, arrived at a home in San Remo on the Central Coast at 8am and arrested 39-year-old Sayle Kenneth Newson in connection to the murder.
Mr Newson and Ms McBride had not been dating long when he reported her missing on September 20, 2014. He had earlier dropped her at the Muswellbrook home of her former partner Andrew Easton.
Mr Newson told police he returned later to pick up Ms McBride but was told she had stormed off to McDonald’s 2km away after an argument.
Mr Newson has been taken to Wyong Police Station for questioning and police this morning raided his home at nearby Buff Point.
After Ms McBride’s remains were found in 2016, police searched three Hunter region properties including a storage shed in Scone, seizing several items including firearms, ammunition and prohibited weapons.
Police at the time said all their inquiries indicated Ms McBride never made it to McDonald’s.
Ms McBride’s remains were found after police received new details about her death, which led them to search a rural property outside Scone, about 40km from where she went missing.
Strike Force Karabi was set up soon after Ms McBride was reported missing but the case remained a mystery despite police interviewing a large number of people.
Months of doorknocking residents along Ms McBride’s likely route and inspecting CCTV footage from cameras that might have picked up her movements failed to find any trace of her.
Nor did repeated police searches of nearby dams, properties and stock routes.
A preliminary post-mortem examination established that the remains found in bushland were Ms McBride’s but there was not an immediate or obvious cause of death.