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Missing woman's de facto named at inquest

AAP logoAAP 26/07/2016 By Andi Yu

The de facto husband of an indigenous woman who went missing three-and-a-half years ago in Sydney's west has been named as a person of interest at an inquest into her disappearance.

Cheryl Ardler, who would now be 44, has not been seen since December 2012.

On Tuesday the Glebe Coroners Court heard evidence from two police officers who visited the Cranebrook home of Ms Ardler and her partner Dennis French in August 2012 following reports about a domestic argument.

Senior Constable Doug Brazil told the court Ms Ardler appeared intoxicated when he arrived and refused to provide any details to police about why they had been called.

"The basis of that conversation was argumentative where we were told to leave," he said.

Sen Const Brazil said he could not remember if Mr French was at the house.

"My recollection of the day is very limited," he said.

Deputy state coroner Therese O'Sullivan asked Sen Const Brazil about a second woman who claimed she was at the house and witnessed a "vicious assault" on Ms Ardler during which she was dragged along the floor and a window was smashed.

He could not recall any such incident.

Detective Jonathan Falcke told the court earlier that day that he believed Ms Ardler was "killed by somebody".

The inquest continues.

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