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'I'd love to, if I could get some money': War veteran whose wife mysteriously disappeared more than 30 years ago wants to help police search for her body - but says he can't afford it

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 27/12/2018 Holly Hales

The husband of a woman missing for more than 36 years says he can't afford to help police search for body.

Roxlyn Bowie, then 31, vanished from her marital home in the town of Walgett in north-west New South Wales on June 5, 1982.

All she left behind was a note to her husband John Bowie which said she was 'leaving him with the kids for good' and not to look for her because 'she would never come back'.  

a person posing for the camera: John Bowie (right), the husband of a Roxlyn Bowie (left) who has been missing for more than 36 years has admitted he can't afford to help police search for body © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited John Bowie (right), the husband of a Roxlyn Bowie (left) who has been missing for more than 36 years has admitted he can't afford to help police search for body

The mother-of-two has not been seen since. 

Now, John Bowie has revealed to The Courier Mail he'd 'love to' join police in the recently resumed search for her body - 'if (he) could get some money' together. 

'I'm a pensioner, I'm living from pay day to pay day,' he told the publication. 

However, when asked why he would want Ms Bowie's remains to be found, Bowie revealed it was for one reason only.  

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Roxlyn Bowie, then 31, disappeared from her marital home in the town of Walgett in north-west New South Wales on June 5, 1982 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Roxlyn Bowie, then 31, disappeared from her marital home in the town of Walgett in north-west New South Wales on June 5, 1982

'I hope they find her, one way or the other,' he said. 

'Because, my daughter wants her mother to be buried next to my (already deceased) son. That's it.' 

In November, new information suggesting Ms Bowie could have been buried in a dam led to police commencing a forensic search and excavation at two locations in Walgett.

a tree in the grass: In November, new information suggesting Ms Bowie could have been buried in a dam led to police commencing a forensic search and excavation at two locations in Walgett © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In November, new information suggesting Ms Bowie could have been buried in a dam led to police commencing a forensic search and excavation at two locations in Walgett

The State Crime Command's Robbery and Serious Crime Squad's Strike Force Maluka are in the process of forensically examining the dam and an industrial site. 

Six days after Ms Bowie vanished in 1982, her husband applied for a transfer to Sydney and remarried the following year before pawning off his ex-wife's jewellery.  

The Vietnam veteran, who now lives in Toowoomba, said he 'has come to a dead end' as to why his former wife would have abandoned their two children, then aged 18 months and six.

a close up of a green hill: With new information suggesting Ms Bowie could have been buried in a dam in Walgett (pictured), police have commenced a forensic search and excavation at two locations © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited With new information suggesting Ms Bowie could have been buried in a dam in Walgett (pictured), police have commenced a forensic search and excavation at two locations

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