Timothy Pullen's parents, Gary and Leanne Pullen.
Timothy Pullen's parents, Gary and Leanne Pullen. Lauren Reed

Mackay mum shattered after told of Coast murder charge

LEANNE Pullen has lost the last shard of hope her son might still be alive.

Yesterday, 34-year-old Sunshine Coast man Zane Tray Lincoln was charged with the murder of Mackay man Timothy Pullen.

While the arrest is likely to offer some relief for Mr Pullen's family, police said more charges are likely to be laid in the coming weeks. Mackay police visited Mr Pullen's parents to deliver the news early yesterday.

Mrs Pullen said she had reacted "with great sadness" after being told her son's alleged killer had been taken into custody.

Arresting officer Detective Senior Sergeant Rodd Carroll flew from Mackay to the Sunshine Coast on Thursday to take the man into custody.

He said a "long and extensive" investigation had led to the arrest, but cautioned the job was far from over with more arrests expected in the coming weeks.

Det Snr Sgt Carroll said this included suspects currently living in Mackay and other parts of the state.

Timothy Pullen with his mum Leanne Pullen.
Timothy Pullen with his mum Leanne Pullen. Contributed

Mr Pullen, who was 34 at the time of his disappearance from his North Mackay home, was last seen on April 13.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Daily Mercury ran an unsolved murders series, drawing the public's attention to outstanding investigations.

Mr Pullen's body is yet to be found, and arresting officer inspector Senior Sergeant Rodd Carroll has called for public assistance.

"All we want to say is we're still seeking the public's assistance in relation to the location of the body and this will also assist in closure for the family," he said. "A number of other people are still to be spoken to in relation to this investigation." He said those people included several Mackay residents.

Police from the Homicide Investigation Group and Mackay CIB began the investigation as part of Operation Kilo Lawman.

Detective Inspector Damien Hansen of the State Crime Command Homicide Group said the arrest was a great result.

"(Yesterday's) arrest is certainly a positive step in this investigation," he said.

Police have praised the public for information provided to them during the investigation and continue their appeal for further information. "We have received great assistance from the public on this case and always appreciate the community coming forward to assist with our investigations," Detective Inspector Hansen said.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Police made arrest at Mooloolah Valley home

A MOOLOOLAH Valley man has appeared in a Maroochydore court charged with the murder of a missing Mackay man.

It is alleged Zane Tray Lincoln killed Timothy John Pullen in Mackay on April 16, 2012 - the day he was reported missing.

Police arrested the 34-year-old for Mr Pullen's murder at a home in Mooloolah Valley at 10am yesterday.

He was taken to Maroochydore Station and charged.

The men were believed to have known each other.

State Crime Command Homicide Group Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said the arrest was a result of information received from the public and the crime scene.

He said Lincoln was identified as a suspect in the investigation soon after Mr Pullen's death.

"The man from Mooloolah Valley has come up in the investigation, as has hundreds of other people," he said.

"Early on it was established that we believed Mr Pullen met with foul play."

Lincoln's case was adjourned to appear before Mackay Magistrates Court on August 9.

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