Outback Wrangler Death Inquiry: NT Cop Neil Mellon’s Wife Takes to Facebook

NT Police Acting Senior Sergeant Neil Mellon, 47, arrived at Darwin Police Station on Thursday morning where he was arrested

NT Police Acting Senior Sergeant Neil Mellon, 47, arrived at Darwin Police Station on Thursday morning where he was arrested

The wife of a senior Northern Territory police officer shared a reckless Facebook post about her “best friend” just a day after her husband’s arrest.

Sandi Mellon, an NT Police officer, was stunned when her colleagues arrived at the Darwin home she shares with her husband, Acting Senior Sergeant Neil Mellon, and their three children last week.

Mr Mellon, 47, was arrested shortly after he showed up for work at Darwin Police Station on Thursday morning, with his colleagues handcuffing the station’s chief constable.

Following his arrest, Mr Mellon was charged on Friday with 31 offenses including attempting to pervert the legal process, stealing data and unlawfully accessing it.

His charges also relate to weapons, firearms and wildlife crimes and alleged destruction of evidence in connection with an investigation into a major crash and are believed to be connected to an investigation into a helicopter crash that killed Outback Wrangler star Chris . Willow’ Wilson earlier this year.

On the same day that Mr Mellon was charged, his wife posted a photo of her and her “best friend” in matching t-shirts to Facebook with a scathing message.

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On the same day that Sgt. Mellon was charged, his wife posted a photo of her and her “best friend” in matching t-shirts on Facebook with a scathing message

“Look at this woman here, she’s my best friend – we’ve done everything together, we’ve been on a lot of holiday and camping trips as a family,” Ms Mellon wrote.

‘Said we were sisters, family. Bandaged at the hip for three years…’

Daily Mail Australia chose not to publish the rest of the post.

More than 100 people had reacted to the post and received more than 60 comments before it was deleted.

Another photo posted to Ms Mellon’s Facebook page shows the couple on a double date and she captioned it “best friends”.

Outback Wrangler star Chris

Outback Wrangler star Chris “Willow” Wilson dies in an accident February 28 in West Arnhem Land

Pilot Sebastian Robinson, 28, suffered serious injuries in the crash but survived (pictured is a helicopter flown by Mr Robinson during filming).

Pilot Sebastian Robinson, 28, suffered serious injuries in the crash but survived (pictured is a helicopter flown by Mr Robinson during filming).

Outback Wrangler is a hit adventure television series filmed in remote top-end locations and broadcast in more than 90 countries. Mr. Wilson (centre) was one of three cast members along with Mr. Wright (right) and Jono Brown (left)

Outback Wrangler is a hit adventure television series filmed in remote top-end locations and broadcast in more than 90 countries. Mr. Wilson (centre) was one of three cast members along with Mr. Wright (right) and Jono Brown (left)

Mr Wilson, one of the stars of the National Geographic television show, was hitched 30 meters from a helicopter while collecting crocodile eggs in West Arnhem Land on February 28 when the plane crashed.

The 34-year-old father of two was killed in the accident.

It is understood Mr Mellon flew to the scene after the crash and picked up Mr Wilson’s body off duty and before other emergency services arrived, The Australian reported.

The pilot, Sebastian Robinson, 28, suffered serious injuries in the crash but survived.

Outback Wrangler is a hit adventure television series filmed in remote top-end locations and broadcast in more than 90 countries.

Mr Wilson was one of three cast members alongside presenter and presenter Matt Wright and Jono Brown.

Mr Wilson had been dangling from a sling under the Robinson R44 helicopter to collect the eggs before the tragedy struck.

The father-of-two’s body was found 40 meters from the main wreckage at the King River crash site, according to a preliminary Air Transport Safety Bureau report released in April.

Mr Wilson was strapped to a leash with a harness so he could harvest eggs from hard-to-reach crocodile nests in swampy areas while the helicopter hovered overhead.

Mr Wilson had been dangling from a sling 30m below the Robinson R44 helicopter to collect the crocodile eggs before the tragedy struck

Mr Wilson had been dangling from a sling 30m below the Robinson R44 helicopter to collect the crocodile eggs before the tragedy struck

Family: The 34-year-old National Geographics Outback Wrangler star is survived by his wife Danielle and the couple's sons Ted and Austin

Family: The 34-year-old National Geographics Outback Wrangler star is survived by his wife Danielle and the couple’s sons Ted and Austin

The crashed helicopter and its crew were one of three eggs that day. It was found by one of the other crew after failing to respond to radio calls.

Outback Wrangler host Matt Wright previously said “his family and team[were]devastated by the tragic accident.”

“(They) are heartbroken at the loss of their best friend and well respected colleague Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson,” the Fordham Company said in a statement a day after the crash.

The helicopter’s main rotor blade struck and cut through a tree trunk several times before the plane hit the ground.

“The initial assessment indicated that the engine was stopped before the helicopter hit the ground.”

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Chris “Willow” Wilson (pictured) died in the February helicopter crash. His body was found 40 meters from the main wreck

NT Police Deputy Commissioner Michael White said some of Mr Mellon’s charges relate to a major accident investigation that began in February this year.

He said police will claim Mr Mellon’s actions undermined “the integrity” of NT police and the community.

“It is important to recognize that this officer’s conduct will be brought to justice and the matter is related to the damage and distrust of his position within the police force,” he told reporters on Friday.

“It is a very disappointing, worrying and frustrating event to have occurred and the welfare of all our officers is of the utmost importance in these circumstances.”

Mr Mellon was suspended without pay. The police supported him and his family.

The 47-year-old joined the state police force in 1995 and was the former officer in charge of the Territory Response Group (TRG), where he is one of the longest-serving members, with 18 years of service.

He was even called upon to protect the Dalai Lama and Barack Obama when they visited Australia.

Mr Mellon currently works as a Darwin Watch Commander and has also worked at Alice Springs and the Police Training College.

He was presented with an Australian Police Medal as part of the Australia Day Honors in 2019.

Pictured is the scene of a crash in which Mr. Wilson died while collecting crocodile eggs

Pictured is the scene of a crash in which Mr. Wilson died while collecting crocodile eggs

The 47-year-old joined the state police force in 1995 and was the former officer in charge of the Territory Response Group (TRG), where he is one of the longest-serving members with 15 years of service

The 47-year-old joined the state police force in 1995 and was the former officer in charge of the Territory Response Group (TRG), where he is one of the longest-serving members with 15 years of service

Former Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said he was involved in various tactical operations at the time, including body finds and shootings.

“He has encountered onerous, stressful and dangerous situations throughout his career, but acts boldly and goes above and beyond what is expected of members of the force,” Kershaw said.

He was also recognized in 2016 for “outstanding professionalism, bravery and exceptional operational assistance” for his work in rescuing a tourist who fell from Uluru.

Mr Mellon has been released on bail and is due to appear in court on September 22.

Sergeant Mellon has been charged with a range of offenses including attempting to pervert legal process, stealing and unlawfully accessing data

Sergeant Mellon has been charged with a range of offenses including attempting to pervert legal process, stealing and unlawfully accessing data

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