The Courier-Mail

Po­lice be­lieve miss­ing mum in bush grave

- GREG STOLZ

AT first, po­lice be­lieved miss­ing Gold Coast woman Linda Si­don may have taken her own life.

She suf­fered from anorexia, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion and was “fairly so­cially iso­lated”, re­gional crime co­or­di­na­tor Su­per­in­ten­dent Dave Hutchin­son said yesterday.

But new in­for­ma­tion has de­tec­tives con­vinced that Mrs Si­don, who dis­ap­peared more than six years ago aged 46, was mur­dered. Her 28-year-old son has been named as a “per­son of in­ter­est” in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice, SES per­son­nel and ca­daver dogs have been search­ing re­mote bush­land at Nu­min­bah, in the Gold Coast Hin­ter­land, for Mrs Si­don’s re­mains.

Mrs Si­don, a sin­gle mother who po­lice said lived with her son Daniel in a Hous­ing Com- mis­sion prop­erty at Ash­more, went miss­ing in June 2009 but was not re­ported miss­ing by her fam­ily un­til late 2010.

Early the­o­ries that she re­turned to her na­tive New Zealand or com­mit­ted sui­cide were ruled out and what started as a miss­ing-per­son re­port snow­balled into a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“As a con­se­quence of our in­quiries, we be­lieve that she has met foul play and we be­lieve that oc­curred back in June of 2009,’’ Supt Hutchin- son said. “We have good rea­son to be­lieve that she may have been buried in that area around the Pine Creek Rd, Nu­min­bah, area.’’

Supt Hutchin­son said de­tec­tives had in­ter­viewed Mrs Si­don’s son and were look­ing “very closely” at his move­ments around the time of her dis­ap­pear­ance.

He said po­lice were ea­ger to speak to any­one who knew the miss­ing woman. “Mrs Sid­don did suf­fer from anorexia and anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion (and) was fairly so­cially iso­lated but we are in­ter­ested to speak with any friends that she may have had around that 2009 pe­riod,’’ he said.

“She also worked part­time and we’d be in­ter­ested in speak­ing with any­body who em­ployed her around that time.’’

Call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 with any in­for­ma­tion.

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