Closure as mom's bones found decades later

2013-05-27 10:00
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Sydney - Australian police on Monday said they have opened a murder inquiry after the remains of a woman who disappeared almost 50 years ago were identified as those of a missing mother.

The skeletal remains were found by a bushwalker on a remote property in Gooloogong in central western New South Wales state in May 2009.

Testing confirmed in April this year that the bones were those of Judith Bartlett, who was last seen 145km away in Bathurst in 1964. They are believed to have been there since the 1960s.

"We've now commenced a homicide investigation ... given the nature of the inquiries we've made," Detective Inspector Denise Godden told reporters.

At the time of her disappearance, Bartlett was living in Bathurst with her husband Ronald and their three children aged between two and 10. She was 28.

Police said her identification brought some peace to the family, who had never known whether their mother had simply left them or been the victim of an accident or foul play.

"Our mother loved us," daughter Frances Ryan said through tears on Monday.

"My brothers and I have found out that our mother didn't leave us. She didn't stop loving us. She was taken by a thief in the night."

Bartlett was last seen heading to work at The Royal Hotel at Bathurst in March 1964.

"Mrs Bartlett's daughter refused to believe Judith had simply walked away from her children," Godden said.

"We are hoping that we can find a large number of answers for the family. Whether or not we get to charge someone after all this time ... is a hard question to answer but someone out there knows something."

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