The ex-partner of a former American beauty queen, who has been missing from the Brisbane area for almost a year, has been charged with her murder.
Police confirmed on Thursday, Detectives charged the 43-year-old man following a fresh lead into the investigation into the disappearance of Priscilla Brooten.
The 46-year-old US citizen had been living in Australia, but had not been seen since July 2018.
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She was reported missing by concerned family and friends in December.
The Zumba dance teacher had reportedly been in a long-term relationship with the accused prior to her disappearance. But, he did not notify police when she went missing.
Forensic officers last week went to a Bracken Ridge home, believed to be owned by the 43-year-old, and began excavating the site as part of a seven-day crime scene warrant.
Cadaver dogs were also brought in to try and locate Ms Brooten’s body.
The man is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.
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