Qld man charged over cold case murder

By AAP Newswire

A man has been charged over the cold case murder of an unemployed Brisbane construction worker reported missing by his family more than two decades ago.

Homicide detectives allege the 59-year-old killed Gregory James Thurlow in north Brisbane during the early hours of October 2, 1996.

"Greg was 27 years of age when he disappeared leaving behind his parents, brother, sister and extended family," Detective Senior Sergeant Tara Kentwell told reporters on Wednesday.

"Greg was much loved by his family and friends

"Sadly Greg's parents Jean and James are no longer with us."

Mr Thurlow was last seen leaving a Bray Park home in a green 1980 VC Holden Commodore sedan with the accused man late on October 1, 1996.

Police say the pair stopped along Anzac Avenue in Mango Hill where they got out of the car.

Detectives allege Mr Thurlow was murdered shortly after.

The accused man will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.

A $500,000 reward remains on offer for further information leading to a conviction.