Cold Case Breakthrough: Man charged with murder of Qld mother 22 years after her death

Cold case homicide detectives have made a major breakthrough, charging a man with the murder of Queensland mother Dorothy Britton.

Ms Britton was found shot dead in her Airlie Beach home in 1996. She was aged 48 at the time of her death and was a mother to three boys.

After an appeal for information last month, detectives arrested a 51-year-old man in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon.


Police say the man is from South Australia, however was a former resident of Airlie Beach.

He has been charged with one count of murder and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Knight said despite the arrest, police continue to appeal for information relating to the murder.

“Detectives believe that there are more people who may have spoken with the suspect over the years and who still have information about this tragic murder. The door is never shut, we still want people to contact police” Detective Senior Sergeant Knight said.

“I hope that [this] arrest reinforces our strong belief that the passage of time is no comfort to people who commit violent crime,” he said.

A government reward of $250,000 remains on offer for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

The reward further offers an opportunity for indemnity against prosecution for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the murder, who first gives such information.

According to 9NEWS, the man is believed to be a relative of the victim.