Detectives have charged a man with murder following investigations into the disappearance of Patricia Anne Riggs.
Patricia Anne Riggs was last seen at her home in Margate in the early evening of September 30, 2001 and reported missing to police by her husband three days later, on October 3. She was 34 at the time.
The Supreme Court declared Patricia Anne Riggs dead in December 2010 after her daughter sought a ruling so her estate could be finalised.
It was reported a resident uncovered skeletal remains while building a retaining wall in Janet Street, Margate backyard, southeast Queensland on 21 August. The remains were examined and confirmed to be that of Patricia Anne Riggs.
According to a Margate resident, the property was the home of Ms Riggs at the time of her disappearance.
It was also reported the police had previously searched the property at the time of Ms Riggs’ disappearance but were unable to find any evidence.
57-year-old Edmund Ian Riggs from Dicky Beach has been charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse. Mr Riggs is the former husband of Patricia. They had been married for about 17 years.
He is due to appear in Redcliffe Magistrates Court tomorrow, August 24.
Patricia Anne Riggs (nee Knowles) was the mother of four children at the time of her death – two girls and two boys. She was preparing to become a swimming coach. Patricia would have turned 49 in May of this year.
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