A man has been arrested and charged by detectives re-investigating the murder of Michelle Bright, whose body was located near Gulgong more than 21 years ago.
Michelle Bright, then aged 17, was last seen alive on Saturday, February, 27 1999, when a friend dropped her off in Gulgong, after a birthday party.
Three days later, her body was located in long grass by the side of Barneys Reef Road.
During the 2009 coronial Inquest into her suspected murder, the Coroner recommended the reward be increased to $500,000 - the highest at the time - which was granted by the NSW Government.
Following a review under the Homicide Squad's new processes, detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Unit started inquiries under Strike Force Mitcham II.
To assist with their inquiries, the NSW Government increased the reward for information to $1 million on Monday.
Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Mitcham II detectives arrested a 53-year-old man near Mudgee about 9.30pm on Tuesday, August 11.
The man was taken to Mudgee Police Station and charged with murder, two counts of inflict actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse with victim and attempt choke/strangle with intent to commit indictable offence.
He was refused bail to appear at Mudgee Local Court on Wednesday.