Police hunting owner of sneaker as investigation into Qld mum’s murder deepens

POLICE investigating the suspected murder of Queensland mother Donna Louise Steele have released an image of a shoe which may have been worn by someone who holds valuable information into her death.

Ms Steele’s body was found in Isabella Creek at Leggetts Crossing, about 20km north of Cooktown on August 6 this year.

In what could be a breakthrough in the investigation, police discovered a size 10 black Champion Gusto jogging shoe following the execution of a crime scene search warrant.


“The shoe may have been worn by someone present at the time of the incident and is described as a black Champion Gusto men’s size 10 jogging shoe, with black laces and white rubber sole,” police said in a statement.

PHOTO: Qld Police

Detective Acting Superintendent Geoff Marsh has appealed for the owner of the shoe or anyone who may have further information to come forward.

“We would urge anyone who may have known someone who wore or had possession of a similar shoe in the Cooktown area around the time of Donna’s death to contact police,” Detective Acting Superintendent Marsh said.

“We remain committed to resolving this case and bringing closure to Donna’s family and are seeking further public assistance in order to do this,” he said.

“We cannot say definitively that this shoe was worn by anyone involved in her death, it may have been disposed of by someone previously at the scene, however it is an item of interest and we want to speak with the owner.”

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Policelink, Crime Stoppers or local police.

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.