Blood and a photo of what’s believed to be a burnt body have allegedly been found by police as a school cleaner prepares to front a NSW court where he’s expected to be charged with the murder of missing Leeton bride-to-be Stephanie Scott.
A 24-year-old man, a cleaner at the local high school, was arrested at his family home in Leeton on Wednesday evening.
Police have allegedly found blood in a car and photos of the body on a mobile phone.
The man, who is understood to have moved to Australia from the Netherlands four years ago, is in police custody and will appear in Griffith Local Court later on Thursday.
Ms Scott, a English and drama teacher at Leeton High School, had been planning her marriage to her childhood sweetheart Aaron Woolley when she went missing on Easter Sunday.
Ms Scott’s body has not been found.
A week before her wedding day she went to her workplace to finalise a handover to a teacher replacing her while she went on honeymoon in Tahiti.
The 26-year-old was due to marry Mr Woolley in Eugowra on Saturday.
The town in southwest NSW, in the heart of the irrigation region, has a population of about 10,000.
Residents are in shock over the death of popular school teacher.
“We were all holding our hopes she’d be found alive and obviously to hear this, this morning, is just absolutely devastating,” said Leeton Shire mayor Paul Maytom.
“It’s devastating for the family and devastating for her fiance and devastating for all friends and our community,” he told Macquarie Radio on Thursday.
Ms Scott’s last known contact was an email she sent after midday on Sunday to a bus company about transporting wedding guests this weekend.
Officers visited a home on Maiden Avenue at about 7.30pm on Wednesday and were speaking to two residents, when a third resident, a 24-year-old man, arrived home.
Police are still searching for Ms Scott’s car, a red Mazda 3 sedan with the NSW registration BZ-19-CD.
Police are also keen to speak to anyone who may have seen an older model, white Toyota Hilux space-cab 2WD with a canopy over the back travelling in Leeton or the surrounding area.