Three to front court over murder of Gold Coast man

THREE men, including a father and son, will face Queensland Courts today over the murder of a Gold Coast man.

Shaun Barker’s skull and other human remains were found scattered through the Toolara State Forest in April after his family reported him missing on January 14.

Following his disappearance, a joint investigation by the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch and the Homicide Investigation Unit was launched, code named Operation Mike Dorado.


As a result of investigations, police determined the last positive sighting of Mr Barker was at a service station at Broadbeach on December 10.

A skull and other human remains located by forestry workers in the Toolara State Forest on 10 April 2014 were forensically examined and identified as that of Mr Barker.

Last week, a 37-year-old Gold Coast man, and two men from Cooloolah Cove, aged 45 and 22 were arrested over his murder.

They have been charged with murder, interfering with a corpse, torture and deprivation of liberty.

The Gold Coast man is due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.

The Cooloolah Cove pair are also due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today.