Detectives investigating an explosion in which three people died at Mount Isa on July 28 are treating the blast as a double murder-suicide.
Police have now formally identified the victims involved as 38-year-old Charlie Hinder, seven-year-old Nyobi Hinder and four-year-old River Hinder.
While the circumstances surrounding the matter remain under investigation, police are treating the deaths of the two children as suspicious and the man’s death as non-suspicious.
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Following forensic examinations, investigators believe explosives were used as an ignition point for the blast rather than gas bottles located at the scene. They also believe no one else was involved in the matter.
Mount Isa District Officer Superintendent Russell Miller said the explosion had devastated the local community.
“This was a horrific event which has had a significant impact not only on the families, neighbours and friends of the victims but also the wider Mount Isa community,” Superintendent Miller said.
“At this time we appeal to the community to respect the privacy of the immediate and extended members of the Hinder families while they come to terms with this tragedy.”
Investigators will continue to work closely with the Northern Coroner on this matter.