Negotiations continue in stand-off with body-in-a-barrel murder suspect

UPDATE @ Saturday June 30 2018 7:30 AM | Police are continuing to negotiate with a wanted man, who has barricaded himself inside a unit on the Sunshine Coast.

An emergency situation was declared around the Alexandra Headlands complex (see map below), around 3.25pm on Friday, with residents unable to come or go overnight.

Police have confirmed, murder suspect Zlatko Sikorsky (main picture) has briefly spoken to them, but wouldn’t go into detail.


The 34-year-old has been on the run since Wednesday, when a body was found stuffed in a barrel on the tray of a black Holden ute at Stapylton on Wednesday.

Police were looking for missing 16-year-old Sandgate schoolgirl Larissa Beilby when they made the gruesome discovery.

Up to 40 police officers are involved in the ‘large scale’ operation and Superintendent Darryl Johnson admitted they want the matter resolved safely as soon as possible.

“We’ve seen these types of situations go for lengthy periods,” Supt Johnson told the media on Saturday morning.

“It’s taking its toll on our Police, so we’re doing all we can to resolve it as quickly as we can,” he added.

People travelling to the Sunshine Coast for the start of school holidays are asked to consider whether their accommodation lies within the exclusion zone, and to make contact with their accommodation provider if necessary.

Police will continue to restrict traffic within the exclusion zone and will facilitate pedestrian movement where possible.

The exclusion zone around the Juan Street unit complex. Image: Supplied

EARLIER @ June 29 2018 5:30 PM |HEAVILY armed police have surrounded a unit complex on the Sunshine Coast following a reported sighting of a man wanted over the gruesome body-in-a-barrel murder on the Gold Coast.

Zlatko Sikorsky, 34, is believed to be holed up alone inside a unit on Juan Street at Alexandra Headlands.

Police declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act just before 3.30pm and set up an exclusion zone as they try and coax the man into surrendering.

The exclusion zone is bounded by Alex Parade to the north, Mary Street to the west, Mayfield Street to the east and William Street to the south.

Residents inside the declared zone are being urged to remain indoors, while members of the public are being warned to avoid the area.

In a statement, police said “no further information can be provided at this time”.

Sikorsky is wanted over the death of a person whose decomposed body was found stuffed in a barrel and hidden under a tarp on the back of a black Holden ute at Stapylton on Wednesday.

Police were looking for missing 16-year-old Sandgate schoolgirl Larissa Beilby when they made the gruesome discovery.

While the body in the barrel is still yet to be formally identified, police have confirmed Sikorsky did have an association with Larissa, who remains missing, not seen since June 15.

Earlier on Wednesday, officers attended a house in Buccan, Logan, where Sikorsky was known to be staying, but it’s alleged he took off in the ute with the barrel on the back.

The vehicle was later captured on a motorist’s dash camera, speeding down the shoulder of the M1.

It’s alleged Sikorsky drove the ute to Stapylton and dumped it at a caravan park before fleeing in a silver Holden Commodore sedan. He’s been on the run ever since.

As the manhunt for Sikorsky entered its third day, it was revealed the 34-year-old has a long history of violent crime and was wanted on a return to prison warrant for breaching his parole.

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