SYDNEY, Australia — A man was arrested in the slaying of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in an Australian forest 1,200
The arrest on Wednesday came a week after police identified the remains of Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson, 20, and her 2-year-old daughter Khandalyce Pearce and seven years after police say the pair were killed at different times and in different locations.
Fraudsters used the mother's
Daniel Holdom, 41, appeared briefly in Maitland Local Court, about 150
Holdom has not been charged in relation to the toddler's killing. Police said the investigation into her death was continuing.
New South Wales Police Detective Superintendent Mick Willing said police believe Pearce-Stevenson was killed on Dec. 14 or 15, 2008. Her daughter was killed sometime later, he said.
Willing declined to say whether police believe Holdom had any relationship with Pearce-Stevenson.
Police believe several people were involved in the double slaying, the theft of the mother's identity and related frauds over several years.
Pearce-Stevenson's bones were found in 2010 in the Belanglo State Forest, about 150
Khandalyce's body was discovered in July after a driver spotted the suitcase dumped on the side of a highway near the small South Australia town of Wynarka.
The identities of both bodies had stumped police in two states until they received a tip on a crime prevention hotline three weeks ago. The caller suggested the girl in the suitcase might be Khandalyce, who left with her single mother from their Outback hometown of Alice Springs in 2008 to travel.
DNA tests confirmed the remains were indeed Khandalyce's. Police then used blood samples from the medical records of Pearce-Stevenson to identify her remains.
The Associated Press