Man in cus­tody

Kwinana Courier - - News -

COLD Case Homi­cide Squad de­tec­tives have charged Rock­ing­ham man Chris Blen­ner­has­sett (45) with the mur­der of miss­ing woman Re­becca De­la­lande.

The charge fol­lowed po­lice search­ing a site in Bayswa­ter in re­la­tion to her dis­ap­pear­ance.

Po­lice put the call out last week for in­for­ma­tion about Ms De­la­lande’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

She had been miss­ing since 2001 but po­lice only be­come aware of her dis­ap­pear­ance last year.

Mr Blen­ner­has­sett ap­peared in Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Satur­day.

He did not en­ter a plea and was re­manded in cus­tody to reap­pear on Novem­ber 28.

Cold Case Homi­cide Squad De­tec­tive-Se­nior Sergeant Craig Stephen said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing.

“We would like to thank com­mu­nity mem­bers for com­ing for­ward and as­sist­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said. “News of Re­becca’s dis­ap­pear­ance has clearly been dis­tress­ing for her fam­ily and friends, and we are com­mit­ted to re­solv­ing this mat­ter.”

De­tec­tives be­came aware of Ms De­la­lande’s case in late 2017 dur­ing an un­re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Af­ter look­ing into it, they dis­cov­ered she had been miss­ing since 2001.

“Re­becca was in in­fre­quent con­tact with her fam­ily prior to her dis­ap­pear­ance, and they had formed the be­lief that she had re­lo­cated to the east­ern states,” Det-Sen Sgt Stephen said.

De­tec­tives are still en­cour­ag­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

Miss­ing woman Re­becca De­la­lande.

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