Police will continue to search home of Tialeigh Palmer’s Foster family

Queensland Police will continue searching the home of murdered schoolgirl Tialeigh Palmer’s Foster family today, after both her Foster father and brother were implicated in her murder.

56-year-old Rick Thorburn remains in an induced coma in the PA Hospital in Brisbane, with reports that he overdosed on pills before or after his arrest.

He has remained in hospital since collapsing at the Beenleigh Watchouse on Monday, and will undergo toxicology tests today.


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The 56-year-old is accused of murdering Tiahleigh after he discovered his son had been sexually abusing her, with suspicions the 12-year-old girl may have been pregnant.

In the meantime his 19-year-old son faced a Beenleigh Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with two counts of perjury and one count each of attempting to pervert the course of justice and incest.

His case has been adjourned until November 9, while his father will face court on the 21st of December.

A 54-year-old woman and 20-year-old man are also charged with one count of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice – they will face court October 10.

Bravehearts Founder Hetty Johnson has spoken about Queensland’s Blue Card and Foster system, following calls for an overhaul of their approval processes.

She says that while the system isn’t perfect, it can be improved with better information sharing.

“It’s under a huge amount of strain, it’s full of people who care passionately about children who open their hearts, their doors and their homes to the State’s most vulnerable children.

“But in every group of people there will be a small percentage who are not there for the right reasons”, she said.

Bravehearts is an advocacy group focused on preventing child sexual assault.

Tialeigh Palmer was last seen at Marsden State High School on October 30, and reported missing six days later on November 5.

Her body was discovered by fishermen on the banks of the Pimpama River later that day.