Police have charged a man wanted for questioning over the death of Bellambi mother Kristie Powell who was arrested in the Hunter.
Detectives from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District arrested Bhanu Kirkman, 29, at Maitland about 4pm Monday.
Fairfax Media understands police were acting on a tip-off when they found him under a railway bridge.
He was arrested on outstanding warrants for multiple alleged offences, including fraud, resisting an officer, possess prohibited drug and custody of a knife in a public place.
Wollongong detectives investigating Ms Powell’s death were on their way to interview him, late Monday afternoon.
By Tuesday morning they had charged him with one count of murder.
He was refused bail and will face Maitland Local Court.
Police were called to 39-year-old Ms Powell's Lorking Street home about 1.10am Friday.
Mrs Powell’s mother, Debbie Powell, said on Monday police investigating her daughter's death had "been marvellous".
Ms Powell left behind a five-month-old baby boy, Slater, who has now been placed in the care of relatives.
Mrs Powell said her grandson was "great … he's doing really well”.
“He's in a family that love him and care for him greatly,” she said.
Kristie was one of three children to Mrs Powell and her husband.