A MAN was arrested on Thursday afternoon after police found the body of a woman in a car in Bermagui on Wednesday night.
Police investigating the death of the woman confirmed at 4.45pm that they had arrested a man shortly before.
It is believed the man was arrested in the same area in which a major search had taken place earlier that day.
He was spotted by members of the public in the Barragoot Bay area just before 4pm.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter for a second time was tasked to the scene after conducting an earlier aerial search of the area on Thursday morning, but he was apprehended by police before the chopper arrived.
Far South Coast police Commander Detective Superintendent Peter O’Brien said police had stopped a vehicle on Wednesday night after receiving information from ACT Police.
Before the arrest Supt O’Brien addressed a press conference in Batemans Bay.
“We believe there may have been some sort of domestic relationship that had soured - as a result of that information we were on the look out for that vehicle,” Supt O'Brien said at the conference.
“At 8.30, last night (April 22), at Cuttagee Beach, police confronted the vehicle and the driver, who eluded police in bushland.
“A chase ensued, however due to the weather, the darkness and the terrain, the male person eluded police.
“The search for the male has been ongoing for the past 14 hours.
“Subsequently searching the vehicle, we located the body of a female, believed to be a missing female from the ACT.”
Police are investigating if the body is that of missing Canberra woman Daniela D'Addario, 35, who was reported missing this week, with Canberra man Josaia (Joey) Vosikata, 27.
A police helicopter, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the Police Tactical Response Unit and Far South Coast Police searched the area on Thursday morning.
“We have covered a fair distance and I am satisfied that a comprehensive search was done,” Supt O’Brien said at lunch time on Thursday.
Supt O'Brien did not release the names of the victim or the man who fled the scene, or details of how the woman died.
“At this stage it is far too early to say," he said.