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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