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Third arrest over Adelaide murder case

AAP logoAAP 22/09/2016

A third woman has been arrested in relation to the murder case of 81-year-old Adelaide grandfather Robert Whitwell.

A 19-year-old woman from the Gold Coast was arrested and is expected to be charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass, South Australia Police say.

The arrest comes after Brittney Jade Dwyer, the victim's granddaughter, and her friend Bernadette Burns were extradited from Queensland last month and charged with Mr Whitwell's murder.

Mr Whitwell's body was found inside his unlocked Craigmore home, in Adelaide's north, on August 8 after neighbours spotted an uncollected newspaper in his driveway.

Police initially believed he had died of natural causes but their suspicions were aroused when several "unusual" aspects of the case could not be explained.

Detectives had to rely on forensic experts and crime scene pathologists to piece together what occurred inside the home.

SA major crime investigators travelled to Queensland earlier this week in relation to the investigation.

The 19-year-old is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court in the near future when SA Police will seek her extradition.

Neighbours described Mr Whitwell as a kind gentleman who went each day to visit his wife in a nearby nursing home.

Dwyer and Burns will face court again on November 8. They have been remanded in custody.

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