South Australian police have arrested a 70-year-old man from Wallaroo over the murder of Colleen Adams.
- A 70-year-old Wallaroo man has been arrested over the murder of Colleen Adams
- She was last seen at her home in Maitland in South Australia in 1973
- Police say they are confident they will recover her remains at the property
Mrs Adams was last seen on November 22 in 1973 at her home on Bagnall Avenue, Maitland, in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula region.
This week investigators began searching the property, after revisiting the case in 2016 as part of Operation Persist.
Police said the man was taken into custody and was cooperating with detectives since his arrest.
It is expected he will appear in the Kadina Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Police said the man attended the Maitland property this afternoon and indicated locations police “should check”.
Detective superintendent Des Bray said the entire property would now become a crime scene, with police embarking on a “lengthy and detailed exhumation”.
He said police were confident of recovering the Maitland mother’s remains.
Mother last seen 45 years ago
Mrs Adams, aged 24 at the time, lived at the property with her husband, Geoff, and her two young daughters, when she was last seen on November 22, 1973.
Her husband told police at the time he last saw her about 7:00am when he woke up to find her fully dressed and with two packed suitcases.
He said she told him she was leaving, before getting into a car with a middle-aged woman he did not know.
She was reported missing by her mother the next month.
In 1979, police declared Mrs Adams’ disappearance a major crime, with no contact made and no bank accounts accessed.
Detective superintendent Des Bray said the arrest proved police’s determination solve the crime.
“It doesn’t replace Colleen but it’s immensely important and we can’t underestimate how important it is for family and loved ones…” he said.
“We had a clear suspect and we were confident of solving this case.
“We were confident that we would find her here.”