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Estranged husband charged with murder

Police and officers from Strike Force Burrow searched the Lawrence home of John Edwards, after he was charged with the murder of his ex-wife Sharon Edwards. Last Thursday an excavator was brought in to assist with the search.
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Last week the estranged husband of missing Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards, was charged with her murder.
Mr Edwards was extradited to NSW after being arrested in Queensland over the 2015 murder of Sharon Edwards.
Mrs Edwards, a 55-year-old mother, grandmother and dedicated local teacher, was reported missing on Tuesday 17 March 2015.
She was last seen about 10.30pm on Saturday 14 March 2015, when she arrived at her home on Riverdale Court, Grafton, following dinner at a local pub with friends.
She was due to teach classes the following Monday (16 March 2015), but failed to attend.
Strike Force Burrow was established by the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command to investigate her disappearance.
Following extensive inquiries, detectives from Queensland Police Service’s Homicide Squad arrested 60-year-old John Edwards at a home at Redcliffe, Queensland, just after 1pm on Tuesday 16 June 2017.
He was taken to Brisbane Watch House and appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court, where Strike Force Burrow investigators applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.
Edwards later travelled with detectives to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged with murder.
He faced Tweed Heads Local Court and is expected to remain in custody until his next court appearance on 22 August, in Lismore.