Tialeigh Palmer’s biological mum speaks for first time since murder charge

THE biological mother of murdered Logan schoolgirl Tialeigh Palmer has spoken publicly for the first time since her daughter’s foster father was charged with her murder.

Cindy Palmer fronted media at 1.30pm on Friday, days after charges were laid against her 12-year-old daughter’s foster family.

She said she was “extremely upset” that the people entrusted to care for her daughter were the ones accused of killing her.


“The time has come to get justice for Tialeigh,” Ms Palmer said. “Obviously, I am extremely upset that the people entrusted to look after my daughter are the very people who took her innocence, her spirit and her life.”

“The only comfort I can take from this situation is that they (the Thorburn’s) will never hurt another innocent child.

“My other three children will now grow up without their sister. She will forever be an angel.

“I miss my daughter terribly every day and a piece of my heart is missing.”

The 12-year-old went missing at the end of October last year. She wasn’t reported missing until six days later.

Shortly after an alert was distributed by police, a group of fishermen found the schoolgirl’s decaying semi-naked body on the banks of the Pimpama river.

Following a protracted 11-month investigation, Tialeigh’s foster father, 56-year-old Rick Thorburn, was formally charged with her murder earlier this week.

Tialeigh’s 19-year-old foster brother, Trent, has also been charged with incest, perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

It is alleged Trent was “sexually involved” with Tialeigh and had feared he may have gotten her pregnant.

Mr Thorburn and his teenage son remain in police custody.

Police started digging up the Thorburn’s property at Chambers Flat south of Brisbane today.

Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said the property was being treated as the “primary crime scene” in the case.

He said investigators were searching the home for several items, including Tialeigh’s backpack and school uniform.