This article was first published on October 16 2018, and was updated on October 6 2019 following the arrest of John Bowie.
— With AAP.
Almost four decades after his wife Roxlyn disappeared, John Bowie will face a Sydney court charged with her murder.
The 69-year-old – due to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday – denies killing Roxlyn, who vanished from home in the far north NSW town of Walgett on June 5, 1982.
Her body has never been found.
“I don’t even know if she’s dead or not,” Bowie told reporters on Saturday as detectives escorted him through Sydney Airport en route to Surry Hills Police Station.
Bowie was charged with murder on Saturday at Surry Hills, having been arrested at Queensland’s Woodford Correctional Centre on Friday.
A coroner in 2014 found she was dead but couldn’t determine the cause of death.
Police admit their circumstantial case will be challenging to prove without Ms Bowie’s body.
“It’s happened before, we know the road ahead will be challenging,” Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty told reporters on Saturday.
“We’ll have our day in court and hopefully get some justice for Roxlyn and her family.”
He wouldn’t reveal what police allege was the motive for murder.
“That… will come out and play out in court,” the detective said.
New interviews with witnesses and technical advances in uncovering forensic evidence helped progress the case.