Two men, woman charged with murder over horror woodchipper death

TWO men and a woman have today been charged with the murder of a Queensland man, who was initially thought to have died after accidentally falling into a woodchipper.

The body of Bruce Saunders, 54, was found on a property at Goomboorian on November 12.

Police were called to the Tinana Road property around 7.40pm following reports of an industrial incident involving a woodchipper.


Ms Saunders death was previously thought to have been an accident, but further investigations determined it to be suspicious.

This morning, detectives arrested a 59-year-old man at Deception Bay, a 61-year-old man at Gympie and a 57-year-old woman at Coolangatta.

The trio were charged with one count each of murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

They are due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court later today.

Detective Inspector Gary Pettiford said the arrests marked the closure of a vital phase in the investigation.

“The investigating police officers wish to thank the family members of Mr Saunders for their ongoing cooperation and also to members of the community who offered information during the investigation,” Detective Inspector Pettiford said.