Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 17 April 2014
Detectives are relying on medical science to identify a man whose burnt, dismembered torso was found on the side of a rural Queensland last year. Police are yet to determine whether a skull found last week in a pine tree plantation near Tin Can Bay, about 30 kilometres north of Cedar Pocket, belongs to the same victim.
Any DNA retrieved from the skull, which is being forensically examined at Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre, will be compared with DNA samples taken from the torso.
Queensland Times Adam Davies 17 April 2014
A FORMER Rockhampton sportsman faces an anxious wait with a jury expected to begin deliberations today to determine whether he his guilty of raping a woman in the front seat of his car.
The man, who cannot be identified in order to protect the identity of his alleged victim, has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court to rape, deprivation of liberty and assault with the intent to rape.
Detective Senior Constable Tim Everett told the court DNA samples were taken from both the man and the woman and were sent to the Queensland Health forensics unit for analysis.
Quest Newspapers Heidi Braithwaite 17 April 2014
Spearheading the establishment of the room, clinical nurse Kym Bidgood said the DNA decontaminated space was protected and provided a way for medical staff to improve the journey for sexual assault survivors who presented at the Emergency Department while also helping with the preservation of forensic evidence for police.
ABC News 17 April 2014
Queensland police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body at Townsville in the state’s north. The body was found on Sturt Street about 11:00pm (AEST) on Wednesday.
Police are still at the scene and the area remains cordoned off. They are expected to conduct another search of the car park for any evidence. The man is yet to be identified. Detectives have spoken to the person who found the body, but say at this stage they do not know if the man’s death is suspicious.
A post mortem will be conducted.
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Body found in CBD carpark
ABC News Gail Burke 17 April 2014
Police have wound up their search of a dump south of Brisbane for the body of a missing man. David Hanson, 71, was last seen at a Slacks Creek house at Logan on February 22.
Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 16 April 2014
A man captured on security footage with murdered woman Alexis Jeffery may be the last person to see her alive, hours before the 24-year-old’s body was found on a riverbank at the Queensland/NSW border.
CCTV footage of suspected murder victim posted on YouTube
Police speak to man in CCTV footage before suspected Goondiwindi murder
Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 16 April 2014
Speculation is mounting about the involvement of Garth Campbell in his daughter’s unusual kidnapping in central Queensland.
Police have seized the clothes three-year-old Chloe Campbell was wearing when she was found 42 hours after being snatched from her family’s Childers home.
It is understood clothing has also been seized from Mr Campbell and Chloe’s mother Tammy O’Donnell.
Queensland Times 15 April 2014
POLICE yesterday confirmed that a skull found in Tin Can Bay forestry was damaged, possibly by a bullet or other weapon. Police experts were attempting scientific reconstruction of facial features to help identify the dead person. Police are also checking dental records of known missing persons and we’re having DNA tests done.
Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran 15 April 2014
A GOLD Coast motel manager inquired after the health of a guest, Tyler James Smith, 20, the night he died of a heroin overdose in 2008, only to be told he had had too much to drink.