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Husband of missing Grafton teacher arrested over murder

The estranged husband of a school teacher who disappeared without a trace two years ago has been arrested and is set to be charged with her murder.

Sharon Edwards, 55, from Grafton, NSW, was last seen at her Riverdale home after leaving a pub dinner with close friends late on March 14, 2015.

Her car was left parked in her driveway and the clothes she had been wearing were thrown in the washing basket in her bedroom. 

John Edwards, 61, who was the main suspect in the case, was arrested at a home north of Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon, NSW Police said in a statement.  

Ms Edwards’ body has never been found. 

John Edwards (pictured) has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of his estranged wife Sharon Edwards in 2015

John Edwards (pictured) has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of his estranged wife Sharon Edwards in 2015

John Edwards (pictured) has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of his estranged wife Sharon Edwards in 2015

Sharon Edwards, 55, from Grafton, NSW, was last seen at her Riverdale home after heading out for a pub dinner with close friends on March 14, 2015

Sharon Edwards, 55, from Grafton, NSW, was last seen at her Riverdale home after heading out for a pub dinner with close friends on March 14, 2015

Sharon Edwards, 55, from Grafton, NSW, was last seen at her Riverdale home after heading out for a pub dinner with close friends on March 14, 2015

Her estranged husband was the main suspect in the case.  He was arrested at a home north of Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon

Her estranged husband was the main suspect in the case.  He was arrested at a home north of Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon

Her estranged husband was the main suspect in the case.  He was arrested at a home north of Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon

Edwards has been taken to Brisbane Police Watch House for processing of an arrest warrant for murder. 

Strike Force investigators will apply for his extradition to NSW when he appears at court.

Following the arrest, a crime scene warrant was executed at Edwards’ home at Lawrence, north of Grafton.

On the morning Ms Edwards disappeared, she posted a smiling image of herself posing in front of a sunrise. 

Edwards (second from right) pictured with his three adult sons during an emotional appeal for information. He will likely be extradited to NSW 

Edwards (second from right) pictured with his three adult sons during an emotional appeal for information. He will likely be extradited to NSW 

Edwards (second from right) pictured with his three adult sons during an emotional appeal for information. He will likely be extradited to NSW 

On the morning Ms Edwards disappeared, she posted a smiling image of herself posing in front of a sunrise

On the morning Ms Edwards disappeared, she posted a smiling image of herself posing in front of a sunrise

On the morning Ms Edwards disappeared, she posted a smiling image of herself posing in front of a sunrise

Edwards reported her missing the next day when she did not turn up to work at Coutts Crossing Public School. 

In the week following her disappearance, police divers searched searched the Clarence River.

Police also forensically examined three properties Ms Edwards and her husband own together, one in Grafton and two, including a vacant block, in nearby Lawrence. 

It was first noticed Ms Edwards was missing when she failed to show up for a class she was due to teach 

It was first noticed Ms Edwards was missing when she failed to show up for a class she was due to teach 

It was first noticed Ms Edwards was missing when she failed to show up for a class she was due to teach 

Pictured from left: Ms Edward's son Zac, estranged husband John, son Eli, Ms Edwards and her third son Josh

Pictured from left: Ms Edward's son Zac, estranged husband John, son Eli, Ms Edwards and her third son Josh

Pictured from left: Her son Zac, estranged husband John, son Eli, Ms Edwards and her third son Josh

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