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'How could nobody hear her screaming?'

'How could nobody hear her screaming?'
The daughter of a woman whose body was found in northern NSW bushland a year ago can't believe no one heard anything when her mother was murdered.
Christine Neilan's body was found by the side of a road near Sunflash Street and Black Prince Drive in Lightning Ridge just before 8am on January 9 last year.
A post-mortem examination revealed the 39-year-old died from serious head injuries.
Christine Neilan's body was found in scrub in Lightning Ridge. (NSW Police)
CCTV showed Ms Neilan at a Lightning Rudge supermarket on the day she was last seen alive. (NSW Police)
Ms Neilan's family have shared their pain, joining police in asking for public help to catch the mother-of-four's killer and find out what happened to her that fateful day.
"I've been picturing her at night just lying there and I can't believe someone could be so heartless just to leave her there in the middle of nowhere," Ms Neilan's daughter Julie told 9News.
"She was found so close to a main road - how could nobody hear her screaming?"
Ms Neilan's daughter said it was distressing knowing the person who killed her still hasn't been found, with her family struggling to deal with their pain.
"Living here and knowing that person's still around, I could just be walking down the street looking at him today and not even know it," she said.
An aerial view of where Ms Neilan was found. (NSW Police)
Police are confident someone knows something about what happened to Ms Neilan, even if they weren't directly involved.
She had only recently moved to Lightning Ridge with her mother in late 2019 and was known to regularly walk her small white dog Sooky around the local streets.
Detectives have released a new CCTV image that shows Ms Neilan at a Lightning Ridge supermarket around 10.40am on January 8, 2020.
Investigators were told Ms Neilan was seen leaving her home without Sooky between 11am and 11.30am the same day.
After several lines of inquiry, investigators are appealing to the public for information to help catch Ms Neilan's killer.
Ms Neilan was found wearing shorts with this Indigenous pattern. (NSW Police)
"It has now been a year since this investigation began. we are urging anyone who may have information – not matter how small – to please come forward," NSW Police Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said.
"This includes details relating to Christine's associates prior to her death, or any sightings of Christine after 10.40am on Wednesday 8 January 2020.
"From the information we have already gathered, it's likely there are people who know what happened, even if they weren't directly involved.
"Christine's family are still without answers, and we hope a member of the local community may be able to assist us in obtaining justice for Christine."
Ms Neilan was wearing an orange and blue short-sleeved shirt with an Indigenous pattern and black shorts when her body was found.
Anyone with information that may help police with their investigation is urged to contactCrimeStopperson 1800 333 000.