Police arrested a 29-year-old Mannum man on charges of murdering Jody Meyers, who was missing since Aug. 26. SA Major Crime Investigation detectives charged Neil Archer overnight on Thursday. Archer has been refused bail. He is believed to be Meyers’ partner who accompanied her when she left the barbeque party at a Burdett address around 7:30 p.m., the day she went missing.
Police will visit Mannum again on Friday to recover the dead body of Meyers. Her family has been updated about the developments in the murder case. Police announced earlier that only Archer is suspected in the case, but on Wednesday, his mother, Margaret Archer, was arrested on charges of using Meyers' ATM card.
55-year-old Margaret was given bail to be present at the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on Sep. 30.
Earlier in September, the police searched bushland and the River Murray near Mannum to identify some clues to the disappearance of the 20-year-old mum. Police divers and mounted officers also helped in the search efforts. “It’s very hard to be definitive but as it’s been declared a major crime, we are believing she is decreased,” Detective Inspector Greg Hutchins told reporters via ABC .
Husbands or ex-partners being suspected of murder is not a new thing. Stephen Lock shot his ex-wife Karina on Sep. 10 inside a McDonald’s restaurant and then shot himself. He died in the hospital the following day.
The case of Tara Brown is another example. Brown was allegedly attacked by her ex-bikie husband, Lionel Patea, on Sep.8. She was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where she died the following day. Patea was charged with murder. Police said that Patea beat Brown and she ran off the road to escape.
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