Roxlyn Bowie Cold Case: Police Dig For Evidence At Her Home
A dig for clues in the case of missing woman Roxlyn Bowie -- 36 years after her disappearance -- will commence on Thursday on a small parcel of land next to her former home in NSW.
Police expect the dig to cover some of the section to the right of the home.
Roxlyn left the property in Walgett in the state's north on June 5, 1982 after an argument with her husband John and was never seen again.
The 31-year-old left behind two children, Brenda, then six, and Warren, then almost two, alone in their beds. She was described as a quiet and shy woman who loved her children.
John Bowie has long denied being involved with her disappearance. A 2014 Coronial Inquest found it "highly likely" she had met with "foul play" but no one has ever been charged with her disappearance and her body has never been found.
On Wednesday, police revealed a missing diamond ring could hold clues to Roxlyn's whereabouts. Detectives from Strike Force Maluka appealed to the public for information regarding the ring, which was purchased from a pawn shop in Bankstown in Sydney's south-west the day after she went missing.
"Despite numerous searches, the ring has not been located," police said.
Police hope the recovery of the item will lead them to the location of Roxlyn's body.
The appeal for the ring followed an in-depth forensic search of Roxlyn's former home, where she lived with John and their children.
Police collected a number of items to be forensically tested. They also dug up floorboards and used luminol, a reactive chemical, to test areas of the home for old blood stains.
In 2018, police dug for evidence just metres from the Bowie's former home. They used penetrating ground radars to try and uncover any undiscovered evidence.
Just last year Roxlyn's daughter, Brenda, gave an emotional plea for information about her mother's disappearance.
"I was only six-years-old when my mother disappeared and it has been hard living my life not knowing what happened to her," Brenda said in November.
"Also, my brother Warren passed away in 2016. He also died without knowing what happened to our mother. If this ... brings anyone forward ... my hope is to lay them to rest together."
A $1 million reward is on offer for information leading to solving the cold case. Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
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