Kungala murder arrest



A MAN has been charged in Queensland with the murder of a woman who went missing near Coffs Harbour more than two years ago.

The 56-year-old man man was arrested in Queensland late on Friday and appeared in Dalby Magistrates Court on Saturday, charged with the murder of Virginia Frost. He is due to reappear in court tomorrow to face extradition proceedings brought by NSW Police.

Virginia Frost, 39, nee Campogan, was last seen alive visiting a country property in Omega Drive near Kungala in mid-February 2004.

On September 6 this year, police found what they believed to be human remains buried in the backyard rubbish dump of a small farmhouse on the Kungala property.

The remains were taken to Newcastle for a post-mortem examination to establish the identity of the remains and the cause of death. The post-mortem was due to be carried out on Saturday.

On Friday Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly said although there had been some developments, it could be 10 to 12 weeks before the results of the post-mortem were known. He said because of the state of the remains, there were a lot of scientific tests to be done to prove identity and that could take months.

"It's nowhere near coming to an end. Because of the woman's circumstances at the time, she wasn't involved in many community groups," he said.

The Grafton Daily Examiner newspaper reported that an excavator operator had allegedly been called to the property about the time Virginia Frost went missing and had been allegedly rubbish could be buried, but when he asked if he should dump the rubbish in the hole and fill it in, he was allegedly told not to.

But the operator was allegedly asked to return the following morning to backfill the hole, which he did.

Recently the excavator operator learned about the woman's disappearance and notified police.

Detectives from the Coffs Clarence Local Area Command subsequently searched the property, which is in remote bushland about 35km south-east of Grafton and 50km north-west of Coffs Harbour.

The remains were taken to Newcastle for a post-mortem examination to establish the identity of the remains and the cause of death.

Anyone with any information into Virginia Frost's disappearance is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 or contact Coffs Harbour Police on 6652 0299.



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