Police have charged a Perth man with murdering a missing pensioner, Richard Andrews, whose body has been recovered in bushland of Perth’s south on Tuesday.
Seventy-year-old Andrews was last seen in mid-August and then went missing until his dead body was found. The alleged murderer is due to face Rockingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Earlier, major Crime Squad detectives believed that the pensioner might have been vacationing in Calista but their investigation led them to the victim’s apartment there.
“I can tell you this crime scene is a particularly gruesome one. We have seen specialist officers bagging up large items and taking them away as well as snapping dozens of photographs and sifting through a big amount of sand,” WA Today reporter Alice Pooley said.
The suspect, 53, has been charged with murder and interfering with a corpse. He has not even been allowed to remain on bail until the court hearing.
The arrest happened following the second day of investigation of the detectives in the area from where they took their car for further inspection. Police claimed that while they were inspecting a home in Orelia, a man assisted them with the investigation.
Andrews’ murder is being treated as suspicious, and hence, the investigation is still on. According to reports, a coroner would visit the scene for identification process and other formalities. In addition, forensic experts are also assisting officers in the inspection process.
The time when the investigation began, detectives from West Australian Police Major Crime Squad joined the team. “As part of this investigation, police are searching his residence on Harrison Way in Calista,” a police spokesman said as quoted by the ABC.
Police have urged the public to participate in the investigation and provide any details related the Andrews murder case. To inform, people can call on to Crime Stoppers on 1800-333-000 or log on to www.crimestopperswa.com.au to report online.