Man charged with murder of woman found under tree six years ago

A man has been charged with murdering a woman more than six years after her body was found at the bottom of a tree in southwest Queensland.

Detectives from the Homicide Investigation Unit’s Cold Case arrested the 42-year-old man following the murder of Lainie Coldwell in Charleville in 2009.

Lainie Coldwell, 36, was located at the base of a large tree in Walter Street, Charleville on August 23 2009 with a severe head injury.


The circumstances of Miss Coldwell’s death, including injuries sustained have been forensically reviewed as part of investigations by the cold case team.

The 42-year-old man has also been charged with fraud related offences relating to insurance and superannuation claims.

Queensland Police are again appealing for any information which the public may hold that may assist police with their investigations. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.