US citizen and dance teacher Priscilla Brooten, 46, has not been seen since July last year.
Today, her ex-boyfriend Mark Sheridan Waden, 43, appeared in Brisbane Magistrate’s Court charged with her murder and interfering with a corpse.
Detectives charged Mr Waden on Thursday after a week-long search of his Bracken Ridge home using an excavator and cadaver dogs.
Ms Brooten, a Zumba dance teacher, was reportedly in a relationship with Mr Waden before she disappeared.
He did not report her missing.
Friends and family finally raised the alarm, reporting Ms Brooten missing in December.
Mr Waden did not apply for bail and has been remanded in custody to reappear in the same court on July 15.
Forensic officers will remain on scene at the Bracken Ridge home as part of a seven-day crime scene warrant.
The grim backyard search kicked off on June 8.
Dogs pinpointed a narrow strip of land in the front yard alongside the driveway where the search is concentrated.
Police also are searching the home and a car for evidence.
The missing woman’s mother and daughter in California have been kept up to date with the search.
Police are also asking for anyone who remembers seeing Ms Brooten’s blue Volkswagen Golf to come forward.
Ms Brooten was driving the car for about a year before her disappearance, and it was found abandoned in Bunton St, Scarborough about 9pm on July 6, 2018.
“Regardless of how trivial you think the information might be, it may be crucial to our investigation,” Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Hogan told reporters last week.