Police to dig up yard of Tialeigh Palmer’s foster family

Police will today begin digging up the yard of murdered schoolgirl Tialeigh Palmer’s accused killer.

It is understood that earth moving equipment will be brought in to excavate the yard of Rick Thorburn’s Chambers Flat home.

Reports suggest detectives are looking specifically for Tialeigh’s missing school uniform and backpack, although police are yet to confirm this.


Thorburn is expected to be transferred to Brisbane Correctional Centre at Wacol today, after regaining consciousness.

The 56-year-old is suspected to have overdosed on pills, before or after his arrest, and has been in an induced coma at the Princess Alexandra Hospital since Monday.

Police will allege that Thorburn murdered the 12-year-old schoolgirl in order to protect his son, 19-year-old Trent Thorburn, who has now been charged with incest.

The 19-year-old has had his case adjourned till November 9, while his father will face court the 21st of December.