Two people arrested 20 years after teenager Amber Haigh went missing

A man and woman have been arrested in the New South Wales Riverina over the suspicious disappearance and suspected murder of teenager Amber Haigh almost 20 years ago.

Last week NSW police announced the reward for information about the cold case had been increased from $100,000 to $1m.

A man and woman, both 61, were arrested at a property at the town of Harden about 7.30am on Wednesday.

Haigh was reported missing on 19 June 2002, after she failed to return to her home at Kingsvale, a town in the south-west slopes, where she and her six-month-old son had been living with a married couple. She was 19 at the time.

A coronial inquest in 2011 found Haigh died as a result of homicide or other misadventure in June 2002.

In 2020, a formal review of the case was conducted under the homicide squad’s unsolved homicide framework and strike force Villamar II began a fresh investigation.

Last week, strike force detectives travelled to the Albury suburb of Thurgoona and seized a white Suzuki Sierra for further forensic examination.

A video message from Haigh’s mother, Rosalind Wright, was released last week.

“I know in my heart that she would never have left her son,” Wright said.

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