Allecha Boyd's remains the focus of Riverina forest search in alleged murder case

Police have begun searching a state forest near Wagga in the latest attempt to find the remains of Allecha Boyd, believed murdered in 2017.

Officers and detectives from five branches of NSW Police are concentrating on an area in Lester State Forest, around 20 kilometres south west of Coolamon. The search, which forms part of inquiries by Strike Force Amias, began at 6am on Wednesday morning.

Ms Boyd, 27, was last seen in Coolamon on August 10 last year, and police allege she was murdered some time that afternoon.

Police tape marks off the entrance to Lester State Forest, near Coolamon, on April 11, 2018. Picture: Rochelle Brown

Police tape marks off the entrance to Lester State Forest, near Coolamon, on April 11, 2018. Picture: Rochelle Brown

Ms Boyd had moved to Wagga two years ago, after living in South Australia and Victoria, and was working as a chef in the city prior to her disappearance.

While searches of bushland have been made around the area, her body is yet to be found. Two men have since been charged with her murder.

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A 19-year-old man was arrested when police raided a Gurwood Street home in Wagga on November 7. He was charged with murder, possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm, possessing ammunition without a permit, not keeping a prohibited firearm safe and breach of bail.

A second man, 37-year-old Samuel John Shephard, was charged with murder two weeks later.

Emergency services search Lester State Forest in September 2017. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Emergency services search Lester State Forest in September 2017. Picture: The Daily Advertiser

Two months prior to the arrests, Ms Boyd’s sisters Rhiannan and Tammara Boyd offered a $100,000 reward in a public appeal for information.

Police from Riverina Police District have been joined by operatives from Western and Southern regions, the Police Transport Command and the Public Order and Riot Squad in the ground search at Lester State Forest. 

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