The man suspected of the kidnapping, rape and murder of a beauty queen of a teenager nearly 50 years ago, died of a heart attack.
Colin Newey, Bronwynne Richardson's cousin, has been accused of killing the then 17-year-old who was found dead in a lagoon off the Murray River in Albury, on the border of New South Wales and Victoria on October 14, 1973.
But the brother of the 61-year-old suspect, Peter Newey, was uncertain when asked if his brother or sister was guilty of the Bronwynne murder.
& # 39; Yes. Could he have done it? No. She is our cousin, & he said 9News.
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Colin Newey, the cousin of Bronywnne Richardson (photo), is accused of killing the then 17-year-old
But the brother of the 61-year-old suspect, Peter Newey (photo), has said that he does not know whether his brother or sister is guilty of the murder of Bronwynne
Bronwynne waited for a lift home outside of Coles in Albury when she was abducted on the night of October 12.
She was driven to a reservation on a road about 6 km from Albury, where she was strangled and sexually assaulted.
Her body was found two days later in a lagoon by the Murray River.
In 2014, Newey was extradited from South Australia to NSW, where he was charged with alleged abduction, rape and murder.
But the charges were withdrawn by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions in 2015 based on insufficient evidence and he was never on trial.
Upon interrogation by detectives, Newey strongly denied that he had anything to do with the murder of Bronwynne.
& # 39; No, I wasn't (involved in the murder). I didn't know anything about her being pinched until Sunday, & he said.
During an interview at the end of 2018, Newey insisted that he was still innocent.
& # 39; I am innocent. I've never done anything. That would be the last thing I would ever think of. I wouldn't even do that with a mongrel dog, & he said.
He had done a lie detector test, which he had passed.
Bronwynne, 17, was crowned Miss Corowa Show Beauty Queen months before her death
Bronwynne & # 39; s sister, Fiona Hume, has been left devastated that she and loved ones could not get a closure after Newey's death.
& # 39; It's pretty sad that we can't have any closure here, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Colin takes what he knew to the grave. He doesn't actually have to stand trial or go to jail. & # 39;
Bronwynne & # 39; s sister, Fiona Hume (photo), has been destroyed left behind that she and loved ones could not get a closure after Newey & # 39; s death
The Bronwynne murder is one of Australia's permanent cases and the investigation was reopened in June 2019 under Strike Force Kulaman II.
A $ 1 million reward is offered for cold case information as the police investigate.
Despite countless police statements by eyewitnesses, two investigations, charges against three men but no convictions, the case remains unresolved.
She waited for a lift outside of Coles (photo) in Albury when she was abducted
Bronwynne was abducted from Smollet Street (photo) in Albury on the night of October 12, 1973. Her body was found dumped in a lagoon two days later
In 1975 a coronal investigation discovered that Bronwynne died of strangulation and drowning.
In 1990 a new investigation was started on the basis of new information and three men were charged with the crime, but none of them were convicted.
In 2008 the newly formed Southern Region Unsolved Homicide Team started an investigation into the case under Strike Force Kulaman and a number of new lines of investigation were set up.
When questioned by detectives, Newey (photo) strongly denied that he had anything to do with the murder of Bronwynne
Another judicial investigation in 2011 resulted in more new information with which the police got their strongest line of investigation so far.
Months before her death, Bronwynne was crowned Miss Corowa Show Beauty Queen in the nearby city.
Her mother, Noelle Richardson, later revealed that Bronwynne had been the victim of an anonymous death threat – a muffled voice on the phone that told her: "Bronnie, you're dying."
Loved ones have refused & # 39; Rest In Peace & # 39; to engrave on Bronwynne's tombstone until they know the person responsible for her murder.
A coronal investigation from 1975 discovered that Bronwynne (photo) died of strangulation and drowning
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