Patricia Riggs
Patricia Riggs

Grisly backyard find led to Riggs murder charge

UPDATE: A resident uncovered the remains of a woman allegedly murdered in 2001 while building a retaining wall on his property, police say.

Redcliffe detective Senior-Sergeant Ben Fadian told The Courier-Mail  the skeletal remains of Patricia Anne Riggs were examined yesterday afternoon after being uncovered at a Margate property on Sunday morning.

Former husband Edmund Ian Riggs, 57, has been charged with her murder and interfering with a corpse.

He is due to appear in Redcliffe Magistrates Court this morning but will have to wait to apply for bail through the Supreme Court for the murder charge.

Police spent three days excavating the ground after the discovery was made to extract a "large proportion" of the remains before the crime scene was closed yesterday, Sen-Sgt Fadian said.

He said the address had been searched in the past but no leads had ever eventuated.

Sunshine Coast man charged with Patricia Riggs murder

A SUNSHINE Coast man has been charged with murder following investigations into the disappearance of 45-year-old Patricia Anne Riggs 15 years ago.

Patricia was last seen at her home in Margate in the early evening of September 30, 2001 and reported missing to police three days later, on October 3.

Following a protracted investigation detectives from Redcliffe Criminal Investigation Branch and Homicide Squad located the remains of a woman, confirmed to be those of Patricia, in Margate on Sunday.

The remains were confirmed as those of Mrs Riggs on Tuesday afternoon.

A 57-year-old man from Dicky Beach has been charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse.

He is due to appear in Redcliffe Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

A $250,000 reward had previously been offered for information regarding the disappearance of Mrs Riggs.

She was only declared dead by the Supreme Court in 2010 after her daughter sort a ruling so her estate could be finalised.



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