Man charged with murder in Karen Chetcuti case


Michael Cardamone arrives at court this morning.


Homicide Squad detectives have charged a 48-year-old man following the suspicious disappearance of a 49-year-old Whorouly woman this week.

A body was located off Croppers Creek Road near Myrtleford about 1.35pm yesterday and is yet to be formally identified, but is believed to be the 49-year-old.

A Whorouly man faced an out of sessions’ court hearing and was charged with one count of murder.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at the Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court today.

Monday, January 18

Police have found the body of missing mother of two Karen Chetcuti near Lake Buffalo.

Ms Chetcuti, 49, from Whorouly, had not been seen since she was reported missing on Wednesday after failing to show up to work at the Wangaratta council.

Search efforts focused around Lake Buffalo, south of Myrtleford, on Monday. 

Search and rescue police, assisting the Homicide Squad, located the body scrubland at the Buffalo Lake weir wall. 

Ms Chetcuit was found off Croppers Creek Road near Myrtleford about 1.35pm. 

Police are still to formally identify the body.

A 48-year-old man is assisting police with their investigation into Karen’s disappearance. No charges have been laid at this time.