Category Archives: Physical evidence

Criminal evidence (inc. adhesive tape, rope, soil, trace evidence, fibres, textiles, dyes, poisons, fertilisers) in relation to homicide, suicide, sexual assault, break & enter, hit & run etc.
Includes explosives, IEDs (Improvised explosive devices) oil spills and comparisons, physical evidence examination

Burnt torso: science, police work paints picture of victim

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.

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‘Suspicious packages’ sent to WA Premier, Treasurer ‘harmless’ but probe continues

Perth Now Calla Wahlquist, Kaitlyn Offer 17 April 2014

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the discovery of five packages of white powder — including two that reached the electoral offices of the WA Premier and Treasurer.  Preliminary forensic tests conducted on the powder later showed it was harmless

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Man’s body found on Townsville street

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

Search fails to find suspected murder victim

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.

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Alexis’s final moments caught on CCTV

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.

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CCTV footage of suspected murder victim posted on YouTube

Police speak to man in CCTV footage before suspected Goondiwindi murder

Chloe Campbell mystery: Police seize parents’ clothes

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.

The couple has also voluntarily given police DNA samples.

Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said police were searching for fibres, fingerprints and DNA that might lead investigators to Chloe’s abductor.

Vic armed robbery cold case moves to Qld

Nine News 15 April 2014

Police investigating the “road gang” heist have searched a rural property in far north Queensland where they collected items for forensic testing.

Detectives from Victoria’s Purana task force, which targets organised crime, also believe a distinctive vehicle may have been driven to Queensland after it was used in the hold-up.

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Dumped skull damaged by bullet or weapon

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.

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Weird noises from heroin overdose room

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.

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Qld man on seven attempted murder charges

Sydney Morning Herald AAP 14 April 2014

Denis Ian Harris, 53,  is expected to undergo psychiatric testing after allegedly ploughing his prime-mover into a house, and setting it on fire.  Seven people were inside the Oakhurst home, on the outskirts of Maryborough, when it was torched in the March attack, police say.

Because of the severity of Harris’ injuries, police are yet to take photos, fingerprints or do DNA testing.

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