Police prepare murder case against
SYDNEY - Queensland police are preparing an application to extradite
the husband of missing New Zealander Surekha Engledow to face a
Mrs Engledow, aged 29, disappeared without trace during a camping
holiday with husband Nicholas and their three children in May 1996.
The family arrived in Australia that month to start a new life after
selling their home in Auckland.
Queensland detectives spent three weeks in New Zealand in February
collecting more than 80 statements during inquiries in Auckland and
Detective Senior Constable Karen Friedrichs said yesterday that
police were now in the process of completing a brief of evidence for
"Ultimately, the aim is to try to extradite Mr Engledow and present
a murder charge against him," she said.
The application was still some months away, and she would not say
with which country it would be lodged.
"The issue of where Mr Engledow is at the moment is very sensitive
to what we are doing with the investigation," she said.
In September 1996, Mr Engledow, who is understood to be English by
birth, returned to New Zealand with the children but without his
wife, and began living in Nelson.
Police were not told that Mrs Engledow was missing until early 1997,
when relatives tried to contact her.
In July 1997, Mr Engledow told Nelson police in a videotaped
interview that his wife had run off with another man in Cairns.
Later that year, he won custody of the children from a cousin of Mrs
Engledow and left New Zealand, reportedly for Britain.
Detective Senior Constable Friedrichs said the inquiries in New
Zealand had produced "a lot of information."
"It just firmed up the evidence that we had of the likelihood of Mr
Engledow's involvement in her disappearance," she said. "I believe
we have a strong circumstantial brief."
Late last year, police made renewed attempts to retrace the family's
movements through Queensland, which included an 1800km journey by
four-wheel-drive vehicle from Brisbane to Cairns.
Detective Senior Constable Friedrichs said police believed Mrs
Engledow disappeared in the Cape York region of North Queensland,
but it was hard to pinpoint exactly where because of the size and
nature of the area.
"We never expect to find a body because the type of terrain we are
looking at is just a vast extent of bush and creeks and wildlife,"
"But we have narrowed down the period of time and a location where
she did go missing."
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Tuesday 30 October 2001 - NZ Herald