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Patricia Anne Riggs,34yrs-Missing since 2001, remains found Margate,Qld- husband charged with murder

Discussion in 'Australia: Crimes & Trials' started by MarlyWings, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Husband charged with murder of woman missing since 2001 after remains found

    Wed 24 Aug 2016, 2:04pm

    A Sunshine Coast man has been remanded in custody after being charged with the murder of his wife Patricia Anne Riggs, whose remains were uncovered on the weekend, 15 years after she was reported missing.

    Ms Riggs, a mother of four, was last seen at her home in Margate, north of Brisbane, on September 30, 2001.

    The 34-year-old was reported missing to police by her husband, Edmund Ian Riggs, three days later.

    The 57-year-old, from Dicky Beach on the Sunshine Coast, was last night charged with her murder and misconduct with a corpse.

    Detective Senior Sergeant Ben Fadian said the accused was charged after Ms Rigg's remains were discovered on Sunday in Margate by a resident conducting excavation work at his home.

    "He notified the police and as a result we conducted a crime scene examination and recovered those remains," Detective Senior Sergeant Fadian said.

    "Those remains were examined yesterday afternoon and identified as Patricia Riggs."

    Detective Senior Sergeant Fadian said the family had a mixed reaction to the developments.

    "They are in some way relieved that we've located Patricia but that's just one stage of this process," he said.

    "However, there's a court process ahead that they have to go through."

    Riggs appeared in Redcliffe Magistrates Court this morning where the case was adjourned until November.

    He was remanded in custody.

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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Charges laid over Patricia Anne Riggs murder

    August 24, 2016 12:06pm

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

    Redcliffe detective Senior-Sergeant Ben Fadian said 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 appeared briefly 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.

    A post mortem is expected to be conducted tomorrow.

    Sen-Sgt Fadian said Mrs Riggs’ family were relieved the missing woman was found but they understood there was still a lengthy court process ahead.

    “The reaction from her family is mixed,” Sen-Sgt Fadian said.

    “They are in some way relieved that we’ve located Patricia but that is just one stage of the process.”

    Sen-Sgt Fadian confirmed there was still a $250,000 reward available for information about Mrs Riggs’ disappearance or murder as the investigation continued.

    The arrest is part of Operation Denver, which was launched when Mrs Riggs, 34 at the time, went missing on September 29, 2001. The mother of four was reported missing by her husband three days later.

    Her former husband was remanded in custody to reappear on November 30 for committal mention via video link, while a brief will need to be delivered to defence by November 23.

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    So glad they were able to arrest him!
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  5. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Friends mourn Canberra woman Patricia 'Trish' Riggs after husband charged with her murder in Queensland

    August 25 2016 - 5:51PM

    Canberra friends have remembered Patricia "Trish" Riggs as a "dedicated and devoted mother" after her husband was charged with her murder in Queensland this week, nearly 15 years after she went missing.

    Mrs Riggs went to Griffith Primary, Telopea Park School and Narrabundah College.

    She was just 17 when she married Edmund Ian Riggs, who on Wednesday was charged with her murder after skeletal remains were found in the family backyard in Queensland.

    Much of Mrs Riggs' married life was spent in Canberra. She worked as a swimming instructor and was involved with the local home birth association. She and her husband had four children.

    She was living in Canberra as late as January 2001 when she worked at the Olympic pool.

    The family moved to Brisbane in August of 2001.

    Mrs Riggs 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. Police were told then she had walked out of her Brisbane home after an argument with her husband.

    She was only 34.

    Her mother Carol Saxton died in 2011, too late to finally have confirmation of what had happened to her beloved daughter.

    But Mrs Saxon told The Canberra Times in 2003 she had no doubt Trish would never have walked out on her four children. It's understood she had been told as far back as 14 years ago that there was evidence of foul play in the house but police could do nothing without a body.

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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Father relieved, frustrated after his daughter Patricia Riggs’ body found in her backyard

    August 25, 2016 12:00am

    THE father of Patricia Riggs has told how he was “never happy” with the search of her home, after her remains were found in her own backyard 15 years after she vanished.

    Ms Riggs’ husband Edmund Ian Riggs yesterday was charged with her murder after the discovery of her remains at the home the couple shared at Margate in Redcliffe.

    The breakthrough in the long-running mystery came after the property’s current owners came across the skeletal remains while building a retaining wall on Sunday and called police.

    There were mixed emotions for Ms Riggs’ father, Jon Knowles, who spoke of his relief at finally being able to lay his daughter to rest, and his frustration at the years it took to find her.

    “I knew she was at that place. It’s always been what I’ve said from day one, but getting someone to do something about it was the hard part,” Mr Knowles said.

    “No one wanted to believe, one that she was murdered initially and then secondly they said they searched the place, but I was never happy with it.”

    Riggs, 57, who has also been charged with interfering with a corpse, sat expressionless in the dock during a brief appearance in Redcliffe Magistrates Court.

    Wearing a dark polo shirt, he appeared to be supported by four people in court, who left quickly after the hearing.

    He will have to wait to apply to the Supreme Court if he wants bail. Defence lawyer Mike Reddy told the court his client would need to apply for legal aid.

    Outside court, he told media he was yet to speak to Riggs in detail.

    “He’s a little bit stressed, as you can imagine,” Mr Reddy said.

    Ms Riggs was 34 when she went missing on September 30, 2001. Her husband of 17 years reported her missing three days later.

    She had homeschooled her children, then aged 14, 11, 9 and 7, and was due to start work as a swimming instructor the day after she disappeared.

    Traces of blood were found on a wall and a bedhead in the main bedroom.

    Just weeks after reporting his wife missing, her husband went missing for 12 days before returning home.

    He has long been a suspect in her disappearance but without a body, police had not charged him.
    Six years after Ms Riggs went missing her husband asked the Supreme Court in Brisbane to declare her dead so he could become the sole owner of two properties in their name.

    He withdrew the application just before a judge was to hear it, and one of the couple’s daughters later asked the court for a similar declaration.

    Redcliffe detective Senior-Sergeant Ben Fadian yesterday said a $250,000 reward remained available for information as the investigation continued.

    Police were able to extract a “large proportion” of the remains before the crime scene was closed yesterday, he said.

    The address had been searched in the past but no leads had ever eventuated, he said.

    “The reaction from her family is mixed,” Sen-Sgt Fadian said. “They are in some way relieved that we’ve located Patricia but that is just one stage of the process.”

    A post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted today.

    Ms Riggs’ mother, Carol Saxton, died in 2011 without knowing what had happened to her daughter. Her husband Bob said at the time that she had never recovered from her daughter’s disappearance.

    “Carol missed Patricia greatly and there was always a part of her heart that ached because of her loss,” he said.

    Ms Riggs’ father, Mr Knowles, said she would be laid to rest next to her mother at a Queanbeyan cemetery.

    “The main thing is I’ll be able to have her cremated. Her mother has passed away since, she’s got a plot down on a wall at a cemetery there.

    “She bought a plot for Tricia in the early stages.

    ‘‘She’s on the wall too so I’ll be able to cremate her and put her on the wall next to her mother and have a proper service for her.”
    Accused killer was a lifesaver

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  7. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    A MAN charged with killing his wife, had been trained to save lives during his five years living a quiet life on the Sunshine Coast.

    Edmund Ian Riggs, known as Ian, was yesterday remanded in custody after being charged with the murder of his wife, Patricia Anne Riggs, whose remains were uncovered on the weekend 15 years after she went missing.

    Riggs, 57, has lived at a Caloundra caravan park since 2011 and joined the Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club in early 2014. He trained for his bronze medallion.

    Shocked neighbours said he was well-liked in the close community of permanent van residents and was seen as something of a Mr Fix-it.

    Yesterday, his home remained empty, his Mitsubishi van, with the numberplate BODIES, in the driveway.

    Neighbours said he worked as a massage therapist and used the van for work.

    Riggs kept himself fit and a surf club member described him as a friendly person who wore chunky jewellery.

    “He would leave brochures for his massage business at the office and hand them out to members.’’

    Riggs is understood to have been in a relationship with a local woman but they had recently split.

    Other park residents said he was visited by his children and at least one grandchild.

    Longtime van park resident Ron Coleman said Riggs was popular among residents: “He was a nice bloke. Always laughing and joking.”

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  8. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    From what I've read, it seems the husband was always a suspect. And once again the ole spiel "she walked out after an argument with husband" was used.

    Reports state the yard had been dug up by police and nothing was found. It wouldn't surprise if the creep had left her body somewhere else and later on moved it to the backyard once he knew police were done with digging. Or police just didn't do a thorough job.

    It's so sad her mum passed on without knowing her daughter would eventually be found.

    At same time, it gives hope to others with missing loved ones, to never give up that hope.
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