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Man Arrested Over 1983 Gold Coast Murder of Linda Reed

Cold case homicide detectives have today arrested a man for the murder of Linda Reed on the Gold Coast almost 35 years ago. 

Queensland detectives announced on Wednesday a 51-year-old man had been charged with the 1983 murder of Linda Reed on the Gold Coast.

The accused is understood to have been 18 at the time of the murder.

The newly-married Ms Reed went missing after taking her meal break during a shift at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on December 13, 1983.

The 21-year-old's body was discovered three days later along with her light coloured Mazda sedan in bushland at Gaven.

In 1986 Craig Andrew McConnell was charged with Ms Reed's death but was later acquitted due to insufficient evidence.

During McConnell's trial pathologist Tony Ansford gave evidence that Ms Reed had probably drowned in the creek bed where her body was found.

In 2009 police announced they had reopened the case following a tip-off from Crime Stoppers.

Witnesses from 1983 told police they saw a "baby-faced teenager" in the shopping centre car park with blond hair in a "pageboy" style cut.

"Linda's abduction and murder was completely random and had such a devastating impact on her family and the local community," homicide detective Senior Sergeant Chris Knight said.

"I commend the work of the officers who were involved in this case from the outset and thank the detectives and forensic officers who worked so diligently to bring this case to a resolution."

AAP

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