Arrest in Brett Hall murder case
Three years after Brett Hall vanished while on his lifestyle block near Whanganui, his family are finally getting some answers.
A 49-year-old Manawatu man appeared in Whanganui District Court today, charged with Hall's murder.
Brett Hall's mother Lee Hall called the arrest was a huge relief for his family.
"It's been three years and one month to the day since he went missing.
"I'm so relieved that finally something has come from all the investigation."
Hall said from her Palmerston North home today that the police had promised her they would get to the bottom of the mystery, and she had great faith in them.
She was feeling a sense of shock, and police had asked her not to talk to the media in any more detail at the moment.
Few details of the case are available. The suspect was granted interim name suppression and remanded in custody until he appears in the Whanganui High Court on July 14.
Hall, 47, was last seen by a builder on his 16 square kilometre lifestyle block, about 30km from Whanganui, on May 29, 2011.
A search party of 80 people failed to find his body, and a team of 20 police worked full time on the case for months after his death.
His disappearance was a double blow for Lee Hall, whose husband Roy died after being badly burned in an explosion at Triple R Engineering, near Palmerston North, in 2001.
New developments and information obtained from our inquiries and public appeals resulted in the arrest and charge, said officer in charge, detective senior sergeant Dave Kirby.
"This has been an extremely difficult inquiry but I know the investigation team never gave up trying.
"I want to thank the public and media for helping us with our numerous appeals for information."
Police conducted an extensive homicide investigation and search phase into his disappearance with over 30 detectives from the Lower North Island working on the case.
"While we have made an arrest this does not signal the end of our investigation," Kirby said.
"We have further inquires to make and a prosecution to prepare but this is a major breakthrough and from the outset the investigation team has been determined to give some peace and closure to Brett's family."