Arrest in Australia's longest running criminal invesitgation

POLICE have reportedly made a breakthrough in what's been called Australia's longest running and most expensive murder investigation. 

Between 1996 and 1997 the women went missing from the Western Australian town of Claremont. 

Today a breakthrough with officers arresting a man about 7am (local time) at a home in the Perth suburb of Kewdale, ABC reports.

The man in his 50s has been arrested reportedly in relation to the killings. 

Neighbours reported hearing yelling from the property shrotly before police entered and it's understood a young woman aged in her 20s was led away from the property in the moments before the arrest. 

Nearby resident Jim Sheffield told the West Australian police had not said anything about what was happening.

He said he first saw all the heavily armed police when he came out the front of his home about 7.30am.

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