Police asking for help when an indigenous woman was found dead in northwestern New South Wales


January 16, 2020 13:03:59

WARNING: Aboriginal and islander readers of the Torres Strait are informed that the following article contains the name and description of a woman who has died.

Christine Neilan was known for walking the quiet streets of Lightning Ridge with her dog, Sooky. Last week, she left home to walk alone and never returned.

Key points:

  • Christine Neilan, 39, had moved to the area late last year.
  • He disappeared last Wednesday after taking a walk.
  • His body was discovered Thursday after suffering fatal head injuries.

New South Wales police are asking for information on the suspicious death of Ms. Neilan, 39, whose body was found in the thickets of the small inner city at the end of last week.

The Homicide Squadron Commander Danny Doherty says a task force was created to investigate his death.

“She is from a large family, her mother lives in the city, you know it is a sad time for them, since they want answers to what happened,” he said.

“I’m sure there are people in that area who know what happened to him.”

Police say he left his home last Wednesday, wearing an orange and blue short sleeve shirt with an indigenous pattern and black shorts.

Last Thursday, officers were called to the bushes near Sunflash Street and Black Prince Drive and discovered Ms. Neilan’s body.

An autopsy determined that he had died from serious head injuries.

“The police are particularly interested in talking to anyone who has had contact or has seen Christine in the 24 hours prior to the location of her body,” said Det Supt Doherty.

“On Wednesday of last week, we know that Christine left home to walk alone, without her dog and did not return.

“We urge any member of the community who can help detectives with their investigation to introduce themselves and help us provide answers for Christine’s family.”

Ms. Neilan and her mother moved to the area, located in the northwest of the state, near the Queensland border, at the end of last year.




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First published

January 16, 2020 12:49:37


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