Carly Dawn McBRIDE - Tragically located
Remains of missing woman Carly McBride discovered near Scone in the Upper Hunter
For the past two years, the family of Carly McBride have sought answers about
And, this week, that mystery was resolved when police discovered the remains
of the missing woman near Scone in the Hunter Region of NSW on Sunday, the Scone
Following a four-day operation, which involved forensic experts, a rescue squad,
dog unit and officers from the Hunter Valley Local Area Command, police
confirmed on Thursday morning that Ms McBride's remains had been found.
A post-mortem examination was undertaken in Newcastle on Wednesday and the
results confirmed the remains were those of Ms McBride.
"The investigation is still ongoing; we've treated it as a homicide from the
early stages and that has not changed," Detective Sergeant Ian Wright said.
"We are still treating it as a suspicious death at the moment."
Ms McBride's family have been notified.
In June last year, her parents Steve McBride and Lorraine Williams, made
a public plea for help at a media conference at
"It has left us all very sad and devastated over her loss," her father said at
Hunter Valley Local Area Command's acting Commander Guy Guiana said police would
not slow down after finding Ms McBride's body.
"At least it's good for the family to put her to rest, but there's a lot more
work to be done yet," he said.
Police were alerted of Ms McBride's disappearance on September 30, 2014, when
she failed to return to her home in Belmont, south of Newcastle, and could not
A friend organised to collect the mother-of-two at a fast-food outlet in
Muswellbrook, but she never arrived.
In the early days after Ms McBride was reported missing, police reviewed CCTV
footage from local businesses and conducted extensive searches along the banks
of the Hunter River and around the Skellatar Stock Route in Muswellbrook.
She was last seen on Calgaroo Avenue wearing a yellow top, light blue jeans,
sandals and carrying a tan handbag.
Strike Force Karabi was set up to find Ms McBride and, in April 2015, detectives
investigating her disappearance charged a man with drug and firearm offences.
Officers from Strike Force Karabi executed search warrants at three addresses,
which included Gundy Road, Scone; Ted Clay Street, Muswellbrook; and Hayes
At those properties three firearms, a silencer and an extendable baton were
seized as well as a substance suspected of being methamphetamine and $5875 in
A 24-year-old man was arrested at the Ted Clay Street address.
He was taken to Muswellbrook police station where he was charged with 13
offences relating to the possession and supply of methamphetamine, possession of
firearms, and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Investigators stressed the charges did not relate to the investigation into the
disappearance of Ms McBride.
However, these did arise from that same line of inquiries.