Thursday, April 25, 2024

Man charged in decade-old murder case

A man will face court today charged with allegedly concealing information in relation to the suspicious death of a woman in Sydney’s west a decade ago – with the arrest coming exactly 10 years to the day of her disappearance.

Cheryl Ardler, aged 41, was last seen by neighbours on Greenhalgh Road, Cranebrook, on Wednesday 12 December in 2012.

After failing to hear from Ms Ardler and holding concerns for her welfare, her family reported her missing in June 2013.

Detectives from Nepean Police Area Command established Strike Force Bardsley to investigate her disappearance, and despite exhaustive inquiries and numerous searches, Ms Ardler was not located.

Police discover the victim’s remains in 2018.

On Sunday 6 May 2018, human remains were located in bushland near Laycock Street, Cranebrook, which were later forensically confirmed to be Ms Ardler.

Detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Unit, with the assistance of Nepean Police Area Command, commenced a renewed investigation which led to the arrest and charge of the victim’s partner, Dennis Andrew French, then 41, in April 2019. He has since been convicted of manslaughter.

Dennis French was convicted of Cheryl’s murder in 2019.

About 9.30pm yesterday, a 38-year-old man spoke with Unsolved Homicide Unit detectives at Penrith Police Station.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with improperly interfere with corpse or human remains, and conceal serious indictable offence of another person.

The Kingswood man has been refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today.

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