Man arrested in NSW after body found in Gold Coast rental home

UPDATE 6:15 AM, May 13 | Gold Coast Detectives are now seeking the extradition of a man, in relation to the death of a 38-year-old man in Surfers Paradise on May 10 .

It comes after the 26-year-old was arrested in Coffs Harbour yesterday afternoon, by New South Wales Police.

He was arrested in a car park on the Pacific Highway, near Arthur Street, at Coffs Harbour just after 5.00pm.


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The man is expected to front the Coffs Harbour Local Court today, where Queensland detectives will apply for his extradition.

Investigations are continuing.

UPDATE 1:45 PM, May 12 | A MAN wanted by police in Queensland following the death of another man on the Gold Coast is now believed to be somewhere in New South Wales.

Coskun ‘CJ’ Marius, 26, is wanted for questioning over the brutal death of Dre Nova, 38, whose bloodied body was found in the lounge room of a run-down rental home in Surfers Paradise on Friday afternoon.

Marius is believed to have been at the home around the time of Mr Nova’s death and allegedly left the scene in a 2017 white rental Hi-Ace van.

In a statement on Sunday, police said the rental van was last seen on Brisbane’s bayside with Queensland registration 562-XHY on Saturday, the day after Mr Nova’s body was found.

But new information provided to police following a public appeal on Sunday afternoon indicates Marius, pictured above and below, may have since travelled to New South Wales.

Members of the public are warned not to approach Marius or the van and to immediately contact Triple Zero (000) if either are sighted.

Anyone else with information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER at 12:35 PM, May 12 | DETECTIVES have released a photo of a man who they are looking for following the brutal death of another man in Surfers Paradise.

Dre Nova, 38, was found dead, slumped in a reclining chair and covered in blood in the lounge room of a run-down rental home on Markwell Avenue shortly after 5pm on Friday.

It’s understood the local man suffered horrific head and facial injuries, with initial investigations suggesting he may have been bludgeoned to death.

Police made the chilling discovery after being called to the property and peering through a window.

Detective Inspector Matthew Ward from the Gold Coast CIB confirmed police received multiple triple zero calls to home, but would not say from who.

“There were a number of triple zero calls which we received which directed ambulance and police to the address,” he said.

“They became aware of the nature of an individual’s injuries in the address which we now know is Dre Nova.

“Those people are in the process of being spoken to by police and they are assisting us also.”

Speaking to reporters on Sunday morning, Detective Inspector Ward said it was too early to tell exactly how Mr Nova died, but said his death is believed to have occurred sometime around 5pm.

“I would assume [Mr Nova’s death] was in a close timeframe as to when the first triple zero call was made and that was around 5pm on Friday,” Det Insp Ward said.

“To say it broadly, there was trauma to the upper body but it is too early to speak to the nature of the injuries or what has caused Mr Nova’s death.

“However, I will say the injuries are not believed to be self inflicted or as a result of natural causes.”

An autopsy was being conducted this morning to determine the cause of death.

Following investigations, detectives on Sunday released a photo of a man who they are confident will be able to “contribute significantly” to their investigation.

Coskun ‘CJ’ Marius, 26, is wanted for questioning by police | Source: Queensland Police

Coskun Marius, 26, also known as ‘CJ’, is believed to have been at the Markwell Ave home around the time of Mr Nova’s death and allegedly left the scene in a 2017 white rental Hi-Ace van.

“He has been identified through other inquiries we have made as being present at the time,” Det Insp Ward said.

“We are confident he will be able to contribute significantly to us developing a greater understanding as to the injuries which were sustained to Mr Nova.”

Ward confirmed Marius and Mr Nova were known to each other and may have been staying at the rental home on a temporary basis, but said neither was listed as being a tenant on the lease.

“They are acquaintances, but as to the extent of that relationship, I can’t comment any further. I am unaware.”

The rental van taken from the Markwell Ave home, similar to that pictured below, was seen on Brisbane’s bayside yesterday with Queensland registration 562-XHY.

Police say its number plates may or may not have now been changed.

Members of the public are warned not to approach Marius or the vehicle and to immediately contact Triple Zero (000) if either are sighted.

Source: Queensland Police

Source: Queensland Police

Earlier, a neighbour told News Corp the Markwell Avenue home had been “a house of horrors for months”.

“You’ve never heard such violence, such screaming,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen.”

It’s understood a woman and a young girl who had reportedly been living at the property haven’t been seen for weeks, while a younger man who had recently moved in was often heard arguing with the now deceased man.

Homicide detectives and forensic police have spent the weekend at the home, processing the scene and reviewing footage from surrounding CCTV cameras.

A major investigation centre has also been established at the Surfers Paradise police station and is being manned by both local and state’s homicide detectives.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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