A 27-year-old Canberra man has been formally charged with murdering Daniela D'Addario, whose body was found in the boot of a car near Bermagui on Wednesday night.
Josaia Vosikata, of Bruce, appeared before Magistrate Beth Campbell in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon after being extradited from NSW earlier in the day.
Bail was not applied for and Vosikata, who stood silently in court, will remain in custody until he reappears in the ACT Magistrates Court on May 8. No plea was entered and Vosikata was represented by Legal Aid.
No allegations were detailed in court, but police said earlier they arrested Vosikata, who was previously D'Addario's partner, on Thursday afternoon after a major search involving two helicopters, and the police tactical unit.
He was reportedly arrested after a Channel 7 cameraman spotted him hiding in bushland
The body of Ms D'Addario, 35, was found in a car's boot after officers stopped a blue Hyundai Getz with ACT registration plates on the Tathra Bermagui Road at Cuttagee Point about 8.30pm on Wednesday.
Police allege a man ran from the car, escaping into bushland near Bermagui, when police pulled it over at the request of ACT Policing. They found the body in the boot a short time later when they searched the car. Officers spent about 14 hours looking for the man before calling off the search.
ACT police travelled to Batemans Bay on Friday morning after a warrant was issued in Canberra for Vosikata's arrest in relation to the alleged murder.
On Friday morning, Vosikata sat handcuffed in the dock of Batemans Bay Local Court wearing a police-issued green tracksuit, as the court heard ACT police sought his extradition.
He spoke only to confirm his identity to Magistrate Doug Dick. Mr Dick granted custody of Vosikata to an AFP senior constable and he was taken back to Canberra.
Ms D'Addario was reported missing earlier this week along with Vosikata.
Police have also revealed they are looking for witnesses to a possible disturbance in Bruce on Sunday night as part of their investigation.
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