Woman found dead in backyard of Arundel home identified

UPDATE @ 5.00PM | A woman whose body was found with burn injuries at a home in Arundel has been identified as mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson.

The body of Ms Wilkinson was discovered in the backyard of a home on Spikes Court around 6.40am.

A short time later, a 35-year-old man was located in the front yard of a house two blocks away on Langer Place.


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He was found in a semi-conscious state, and taken to hospital in a serious condition under police guard for treatment to burns to his hands and throat.

Three children under the age of nine were also found safe at the house.

A GoFundMe page has been set up following Ms Wilkinson’s death.

“We are trying to raise money to pay for the funeral, the kids schooling and all other costs. Please help us! We appreciate any help no matter how big or small,” the page read.

By Tuesday afternoon more than $7000 of a $20,000 goal had been raised.

To donate, click here

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EARLIER @ 11.00 AM | A homicide investigation is underway after a woman was found dead in her backyard with significant burn injuries on the Gold Coast.

Police were called to a home along Spikes Court in Arundel at 6.40 am, with a neighbour reporting that there was a disturbance at the house.

On arrival, police located a deceased woman who’d suffered significant burns. Three children under the age of nine were also found safe at the house.

A short time later, a 35-year-old man was located in the front yard of a house two blocks away on Langer Place.

He was found in a semi-conscious state, and taken to hospital in a serious condition under police guard for treatment to burns to his hands and throat.

Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn has this morning confirmed investigators are waiting to speak to the man about the incident, and aren’t currently looking for anyone else.

“One of the lines of inquiry that we are following is that the male person that we located, and the deceased female person were known to each other and potentially in a previous relationship,” Detective Inspector Ahearn said.

A crime scene remains in place at the Spikes Court home, as police continue to investigate the circumstances around the incident.

Neighbours are being interviewed.

“It was obviously a very confronting scene, a female person deceased in the rear yard of a residence, apparently suffering from burn type injuries,” Detective Inspector Ahearn said.

“So yeah it was a confronting scene that people were confronted without there this morning.”

Police are yet to confirm whether an accelerant was found at the scene or any other objects that may have been weaponised in the incident.

The woman’s age has still not been confirmed, while police have not been able to contact her next of kin just yet either.

The children were taken from the scene in an unmarked police car this morning, and are now in the care of authorities.

They will eventually be interviewed regarding the incident because they were at the scene this morning.

At least 15 police officers remain at the scene, as investigations continue.

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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

EARLIER @ 9.30 AM | Gold Coast police have confirmed that the body of a woman was found at a home in Arundel this morning, with a homicide investigation now underway.

Police were called to an address along Spikes Court at 6.40 am to conduct a welfare check, before discovering the woman’s body in the backyard of the home.

Her age has not been confirmed.

A man was located at a nearby address and was taken to hospital for treatment to multiple injuries. He is now assisting police with their inquiries.

Two young children were seen leaving the address in an unmarked police car.

A crime scene remains in place, with investigations continuing.

Police are due to provide an update at 10.30 am.

EARLIER @ 8.30 AM | Gold Coast police have established a crime scene at Arundel this morning, with a murder investigation now underway.

Officers were called to a home along Spikes Court around 6.40 am, following reports of a sudden death.

A Queensland Police spokesperson has confirmed that a crime scene has since been established and investigations are now underway.

The age and gender of the deceased has not been disclosed.

It’s understood a man has arrived at the Gold Coast University Hospital under heavy police guard this morning as well, with reports he is linked to the investigation.

Officers are on scene, scouring through garbage bins and interviewing neighbours at the moment.

Police are due to provide more information later this morning.

More to come.

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Is he dead yet?

Fingers crossed