Barbara Etter

The former head of Tasmania’s Integrity Commission is urging police to re-open the case into the disappearance of Hobart man, Bob Chappell.

Barbara Etter believes a person of interest may not have been followed up by police who investigated the case.

Ms Etter was engaged to review the case by the family of Susan Neill-Fraser, who is serving 26 years in jail for murdering the 65-year-old.

Neill-Fraser was Bob Chappell’s long-term partner.

He was last seen on board the couple’s yacht, ‘Four Winds’, on Hobart’s River Derwent on Australia Day in 2009.

Mr Chappell’s body has never been found.

Ms Etter says she believes police may have overlooked a person of interest.

“I was very concerned I thought this line of inquiry needs urgent investigation.”

Ms Etter says she alerted the Police Commissioner two weeks ago but is concerned the matter will not be pursued vigorously.

The Assistant Commissioner, Phil Wilkinson, says police were already aware of a person interest and the information will be considered.

He says any action that is taken will be guided by investigative procedures.

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• First published: 2012-02-28 09:27 AM

• Examiner, Tuuesday, Mar 6: Female killer has sentence reduced

A Hobart woman who was sentenced to 26 years’ jail for killing her partner has had her sentence reduced.

In October 2010, Susan Blyth Neill-Fraser was sentenced to 26 years’ jail with a non-parole period of 18 years for murdering radiation physicist Bob Chappel, who was last seen on board the couple’s yacht Four Winds on Australia Day, 2009. His body was never found.

Neill-Fraser appealed against both her conviction and the sentence.

A full bench of the Tasmanian Court of Criminal Appeal this morning rejected the appeal against the conviction, however the appeal against Neill-Fraser’s sentence was allowed.

Justice Ewan Crawford, Justice Shan Tennent and Justice David Porter reduced Neill-Fraser’s sentence to 23 years with a non-parole period of 13 years.