WA man extradited to Melbourne over cold case murder of Geelong woman

A Western Australian man has been extradited to Victoria and charged with the cold case murder of a Geelong woman.

Annette Steward was found dead inside her home on Hope Street in Geelong West in March 1992, two weeks before her 30th birthday. An autopsy revealed she was strangled to death, police said in 2015.

Annette Steward was murdered in her Geelong home when she was 29 in 1992.

A 55-year-old WA man was last week taken to Victoria, where homicide squad detectives charged him with Steward’s murder.

He was remanded in custody to appearance at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 20.

The man was arrested by WA police in January 2020 as part of an unrelated investigation.

In 2007, a coroner named a co-worker of Steward’s as the prime suspect in her murder but no charges were laid. Steward worked at the Winchester Factory in Point Henry.

In 2015, police offered a $1 million reward for information relating to Steward’s murder.Credit:

In 2015, police offered a $1 million reward for information relating to the death, and her children pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.

Her daughter, Jacinta, was 13 when her mother died, and her son, Aaron, was 10 years old.

In 2017, Steward’s daughter told Nine News her mother was “always there, very full of life, very much loved. She had a lot of friends that loved her, she was beautiful.”


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