A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with murdering a 73-year-old woman at her home in Townsville.
Police were called to the elderly woman’s Brampton Avenue home in Cranbrook about 10.30am on Monday after her body was found in the backyard.
It’s understood the 73-year-old had only moved into the house a few months ago.
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Police on Monday said they were treating the woman’s death as suspicious and said an autopsy would need to be carried out on her body to determine exactly how she died.
A dedicated strike force, codenamed Quebec Bonham, was setup to invsetigate the woman’s death and a team of detectives spent two days at her home, forensically examining an extensive crime scene.
Following investigations, a 21-year-old man was arrested and last night charged with one count each of murder, burglary and wilful damage.
Police said the man lives in the suburb of Rosslea, about six kilometres from the woman’s home.
The 21-year-old is expected to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court this morning.
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