Man, woman found shot dead in suspected murder-suicide

A MAN and a woman have been found shot dead inside a house in far north Queensland following what is believed to have been a murder-suicide.

Police made the grisly discovery at a house in the tiny town of Mount Garnett, 166km southwest of Cairns, on Thursday morning.

Officers had arrived at the Topaz Street home around 9.20am to check on the welfare of a woman who lives at the house with her partner when they found the bodies.


Police said preliminary investigations indicated the man and woman died from gunshot wounds.

Although they are yet to be formally identified, police said the woman is believed to be aged 49 and the man 55.

A crime scene has been declared and investigations by Tablelands detectives are continuing, however, police have said they are not looking for any suspects “at this stage of the investigation”.

It’s believed the shooting may have been a murder-suicide.

Mount Garnet had a population of just 433 people in the 2011 census.

Anyone who may have any information that can assist detectives with their investigation is urged to come forward and contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

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

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If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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