Amber Haigh cold case investigation leads to couple’s arrest following young mum’s disappearance in 2002

New South Wales Police have arrested a man and a woman for the disappearance of a young mother 20 years after she disappeared.

Amber Haigh, 19, was reported missing on June 19, 2002 after failing to return to her home in Kingsvale, near Young, where she lived with her six-month-old son and a married couple.

Police were told the couple dropped Ms Haigh off at Campbelltown train station earlier this month.

A 2011 inquest found Ms Haigh, who intended to visit her ailing father at Mount Druitt, likely died by murder or misadventure shortly after she was last seen.

The case was investigated by the Homicide Squad in 2020.

Last week the reward for information about Ms Haigh’s disappearance was increased to $1million.

In a video released by NSW Police last week, Ms Haigh’s visibly distraught mother Rosalind Wright described her daughter as a warm and happy person.

“Amber loved her son and I know in my heart that she would never have left her son,” Ms Wright said.

“I feel like I have a part of me when Amber disappeared, not knowing where she is or what happened to her.”

In the same video, Ms Haigh’s sister Melissa Millar-Hodder said she also felt incomplete not knowing what had happened.

“Her son never grew up with a caring, loving mother,” Ms Millar-Hodder said.

Police say they seized a car in Thurgoona, near Albury on the NSW-Victoria border, last week.

A man and a woman, both 61, were arrested this morning at a property in Harden.

“Shockwaves” after the defeat

Chris Manchester was the mayor of the former Harden Shire Council when police began investigating Ms Haigh’s disappearance.

He said Ms Haigh was a ‘lovely person’ and news of the arrests was ‘great’.

“It doesn’t matter the age, but losing someone in these circumstances sends shock waves through a small community,” Mr Manchester said.

“You just have to turn on the news every morning and something dramatic happens around Sydney and Melbourne, but the feeling in the community is not as great as it is in a rural community where people know them more personally.”

Police are expected to provide an update by early afternoon.

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