GRISLY WORK: An excavator at the Mooball property digs for the remains of Ocean Shores man Ronen Veinstein. Police have charged
GRISLY WORK: An excavator at the Mooball property digs for the remains of Ocean Shores man Ronen Veinstein. Police have charged

Body hunt launched at Mooball

By Samantha Healy news@northernstar.com.au EXCAVATORS began digging up a Mooball property on Tuesday as forensic police searched every square centimetre of red dirt for evidence of missing man Ronen Veinstein's remains.

The daunting task began early with a police cadaver dog sniffing around the property for odours resembling that of a decomposing body.

Little red flags were placed in the front section of the property, which runs along Pottsville Road, indicating the highly-trained dog had shown interest in the area.

Meanwhile, a round-the-clock police guard has been stationed at the front of the property since Friday, with officers on 12-hour guard shifts to protect the alleged crime scene.

Ronen Veinstein's wife Regina, 43, of Ocean Shores, was arrested at Brunswick Heads last Thursday and charged with murdering her husband.

Mr Veinstein has not been seen since December 2004, with police conducting national and international searches for the husband and father.

He was not reported missing until May 2005 after an associate contacted police.

Veinstein pleaded not guilty in Lismore Local Court last week to killing her husband, saying she believed he was still alive.

Speaking at that bail hearing, Magistrate Jeff Linden said bank accounts belonging to Mr Veinstein had not been touched since his disappearance, and police had failed to find any evidence of him being alive after December 2004.

During Veinstein's September 28 court appearance it was alleged she had admitted to three different people that she had killed her husband. Veinstein had allegedly described how she killed her husband and the events immediately after his death.

Her admissions on September 27 had described how she had burned her husband's body and precisely where, at the couple's Mooball property, she had scattered his remains.

But Veinstein's counsel said her client's admissions to killing her husband could not be taken seriously because she was suffering depression something triggered by the birth of her three children and reinforced by her husband's disappearance.

It is understood that during police searches at the couple's former Mooball property, which is now up for auction, 'forensic material' had been found. However, police would not elaborate on what had been uncovered so far.

Regina Veinstein is due to appear again at Lismore Local Court via video link on November 20.



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