Police have confirmed the body of a woman believed to have been killed in a suspected murder-suicide on the Gold Coast was found inside a furniture chest.
Detectives found the 48-year-old woman’s body stashed inside the chest after being called to the Sapphire At The Broadwater apartment building in Labrador around 10.30am on Friday.
The manager of the building contacted police after first finding the body of the woman’s partner, a 53-year-old man, inside the unit whilst conducting a welfare check.
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Gold Coast District Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said early investigations suggest the man is responsible for the woman’s death.
“There is some indication of the male person being responsible for the death of the female person,” he said.
“That is one of the focuses of our investigation going forward.”
Detective Inspector Ahearn said the woman is believed to have been deceased for a longer time than the man.
He confirmed the couple, who had lived in the apartment for three years after moving from Victoria, were not known to authorities and that no domestic violence orders were in place.
“One of the lines of our investigation is into the medical condition of the female person prior to her tragic death,”
A crime scene remains in place today as forensic investigators continue to scour the property.
“It’s a tragic event, we are pouring substantial resources into our investigation of it because we are intent on getting answers for the family as to how and why these two people have died,” he said.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward as they try and piece together the circumstances leading up to the deaths.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast