Accused killer fled to Gold Coast after allegedly murdering his parents

A man accused of murdering his mother and father north of Brisbane, is believed to have travelled to the Gold Coast shortly after his alleged crimes.

Frank and Loris Puglia were found dead by a family member at their Bed and Breakfast at Joyner on Sunday afternoon.

The pair had suffered “blunt force trauma” but Police would not speculate on the weapon used.


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Their son Christopher, 31, was arrested at Berowra in Sydney’s north about four hours after the discovery of the bodies.

He appeared in Parramatta Local Court today and was refused bail to face an extradition hearing on Tuesday.

Police will allege that Puglia killed his parents on Saturday night before driving to the Gold Coast in his father’s car.

His father’s white 2020 RAV4, similar to the one pictured below, was seen in Shillito St in Southport on Saturday night where it’s believed Puglia stayed overnight.

Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming says there doesn’t seem to be any significance to that address.

“There’s some information that suggests that perhaps he, in that vehicle was there for all or most of the night.

“Why that would be that case we don’t know.”

Detectives have been on the Gold Coast today talking to residents.

Police are now appealing for dash cam footage from any motorist who was travelling between Joyner, the Gold Coast and Kuringai in Sydney’s north between Saturday evening and around 6.30pm on Sunday evening.

Police are seeking dashcam footage of a white RAV4 seen on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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