Man charged with wife's murder after body found in 'shallow grave'

A man has been charged with his wife’s murder after the 32-year-old Perth woman disappeared on Friday.

Police allege Fahima Yusuf’s husband led them to her body, which was buried in the backyard of their family home, after they arrived to perform a welfare check.

What began as a missing persons case has now become a homicide investigation, with forensic teams preventing anyone going in or out of the cordoned-off property in Carlisle.

Fahima Yusuf, 32, went missing on Friday and concerned interstate relatives reported her missing on Tuesday. Source: 7 News
Fahima Yusuf, 32, went missing on Friday and concerned interstate relatives reported her missing on Tuesday. Source: 7 News

Mrs Yusuf’s worried family interstate reported her disappearance to police on Tuesday after being unable to contact her for several days.

When police arrived to do a welfare check, they realise something was very wrong.

Mrs Yusuf’s 36-year-old husband spent the day talking to police and allegedly showed them where to look for his wife’s body.

A carpet cleaner who arrived at the crime scene said he had been booked on Tuesday to steam clean two bedrooms in the house.

On Wednesday afternoon forensic officers began digging up the backyard of the Carlisle home. Source: 7 News
On Wednesday afternoon forensic officers began digging up the backyard of the Carlisle home. Source: 7 News

On Wednesday afternoon forensic officers began digging up the backyard, recovering the woman’s remains from a shallow dirt grave at the side of the family’s home.

A large police presence is expected at the residence for days to come as detectives process the crime scene and finish gathering evidence.

Mrs Yusuf’s husband has been refused bail and is due to appear at Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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