Timothy Pullen.
Timothy Pullen. Contributed

Coast man charged with murder of Timothy Pullen

UPDATE:

POLICE have charged a 34-year-old Mooloolah Valley man with murder following the death of Timothy John Pullen in Mackay.

Timothy Pullen was last seen in April 2012 in the Mackay area.

Police from the Homicide Investigation Group and Mackay CIB commenced the investigation into the suspected homicide of Mr Pullen as part of Operation Kilo Lawman.

Following a protracted investigation, the 34-year-old man was today charged with one count of murder.

Investigators have confirmed the investigation remains ongoing.

"Today's arrest is certainly a positive step in this investigation and a great result for investigators, however this case remains ongoing. We cannot rule out further arrests in the near future," Detective Inspector Damien Hansen of the State Crime Command Homicide Group said.

Police have praised the public for information provided to them during the investigation and continue their appeal for further information.

"We have received great assistance from the public on this case and always appreciate the community coming forward to assist with our investigations. Should anyone have any further information to provide us, we encourage them to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000," Detective Inspector Hansen said.

The 34-year-old man will appear before Maroochydore Magistrates Court this afternoon.

SES volunteers search through grassland at Mt Pleasant for evidence during a police operation in Mackay investigating the disappearance of Timothy Pullen.
SES volunteers search through grassland at Mt Pleasant for evidence during a police operation in Mackay investigating the disappearance of Timothy Pullen. Peter Holt

10AM:

THE mother of Mackay man Timothy Pullen says she has reacted "with great sadness" to the news a man on the Sunshine Coast has been arrested in relation to her son's death.

Leanne Pullen said she was yet to learn any details about the arrest.

A Mackay police spokesman confirmed a statement will be released shortly saying the man will appear in court today in relation to the murder investigation.

The year-long investigation came to an abrupt end at 10am this morning when police arrested the man on the Sunshine Coast.

He is expected to be taken to the Maroochydore courthouse to appear before a magistrate in the next few hours.

Mr Pullen went missing from his North Mackay apartment in April 2012.

In September 2012, police revealed a large amount of blood, suspected to have belonged to Mr Pullen, was discovered in blue Nissan Navara dual cab ute.

In February 2013 a Mackay police spokesman said a man and a woman had been questioned in relation to the investigation.

The pair was reported to be helping police with their inquiries.

Timothy Pullen's parents, Gary and Leanne Pullen.
Timothy Pullen's parents, Gary and Leanne Pullen. Lauren Reed

TIMELINE OF TIMOTHY PULLEN

April 13, 2012

Timothy Pullen spent some time with his father, Gary. Mr Pullen was the last member of the family to see his son.

April 16, 2012

Mr Pullen's family reported him as missing. Police began investigating the case, tirelessly searching the Mackay area for clues. Later in the month the public was asked to provide information on a suspicious Nissan Navara seen on Valley Street in North Mackay.

September, 2012

Police investigators revealed a significant amount of Mr Pullen's blood was identified in the blue Nissan Navara dual cab, which remains in police custody.

February, 2013

A Mackay police spokesman said a man and a woman had been questioned in relation to the investigation. The pair was reported to be helping police with their inquiries.
April 16, 2013

Mr Pullen's family renewed calls for public assistance on the first anniversary of his disappearance.

July, 2013

Mackay CIB Detective Sergeant Anthony Cowan said there were no new updates on the case. He encouraged the public to contact Crime Stoppers toll free on 1800 333 000 with any information relating to Mr Pullen's disappearance.



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