Murdered Airlie Beach grandmother Dorothy Britton.
Murdered Airlie Beach grandmother Dorothy Britton. MICHAEL ABBOTT

Relative charged in Airlie Beach cold case

A RELATIVE of Airlie Beach woman Dorothy Britton, a former resident of Airlie Beach, has been charged in relation to the cold case murder.

A 51-year-old South Australia man, who used to live in Airlie Beach, was arrested in Brisbane early on Thursday afternoon.

He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 22 on one count of murder.

Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Knight said despite today's arrest, police continue to appeal for information relating to the murder.

"Detectives believe that there are more people who may... still have information about this tragic murder. The door is never shut, we still want people to contact police" Detective Senior Sergeant Knight said.

"I hope that today's arrest reinforces our strong belief that the passage of time is no comfort to people who commit violent crime," he said.

A government reward of $250,000 remains on offer for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

The reward further offers an opportunity for indemnity against prosecution for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the murder, who first gives such information.