No answers year after suspected NSW murder

Greta Stonehouse
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The family of a woman believed to have been murdered in a small northwest NSW town is still searching for answers one year after her death.

Christine Neilan, 39, was last seen walking without her beloved dog Sooky a day before her body was found in bushland in Lightning Ridge on January 9, 2020.

The sighting was unusual, as she was typically seen walking her white dog around the outback town, police say.

Emergency services were called to Sunflash Street and Black Prince Drive just before 8am on January 9, where they located Ms Neilan. An autopsy later revealed she died from severe head injuries.

Ms Neilan had lived at Lightning Ridge with her mother since late 2019.

Police on Friday launched a renewed appeal for more information, marking one year since Ms Neilan was last seen alive.

Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty called for the community to come forward and assist authorities.

Police have also released a CCTV image of Ms Neilan at a local supermarket on January 8 in the hope it prompts some answers.

"From the information we have already gathered, it's likely there are people who know what happened, even if they weren't directly involved," Det Sup Doherty said in a statement on Friday.

"We need to confirm a timeline and the circumstances leading up to her death."