Man Charged With 2012 Murder Of Cheryl Ardler
Dennis French, 39, has been charged with the murder of Cheryl Ardler, who went missing in 2012.
Ardler's remains were found in bushland in Cranebrook in May 2018, and NSW Police renewed its six-year investigation into her disappearance.
Ardler, who lived in the Sydney suburb of Cranebrook, was last seen by her neighbours in December 2012.
Her family did not report her missing until June 2013, after they had not heard from her and became concerned for her welfare.
Despite "exhaustive inquiries and numerous searches" Ardler was unable to be located according to NSW Police.
In 2016, a coronial inquest found that Ardler had died and the investigation was referred to the Homicide Squad.
Following the discovery of Ardler's remains, investigations led police to French, who was charged with her murder on Friday at Penrith Local Court.
Police confirmed the pair were known to each other.
It will be alleged French assaulted Ardler before killing her and burying her remains in bushland in December 2012.
Ardler's mother, Irene, said the news was "bittersweet moment" for the family.
"It’s very hard to know that our beautiful Cheryl will never be coming home and that she was so cruelly taken from us," she said.
“She is so loved by all of us and without her here, our family just won’t be the same."
He was refused bail and will return to court on June 7.