Investigation might not yield answers
The WA Police investigation into last Friday’s murder-suicide will include efforts to discern the motives behind the tragedy.
While many Margaret River residents are still coping with the fallout from Friday’s horrific news, the community’s wish for answers as to what motivated the crimes cannot be guaranteed.
A big team of homicide detectives and forensic investigators were an ominous presence in the town this week, with the Osmington crime scene locked down while the investigation continued.
A WA Police spokesman said in the absence of likely criminal charges, the investigation would inform a report to be handed to the State Coroner for her consideration.
“Investigations consider all pertinent information,” he said.
“The investigation into the incident at the Osmington property is continuing. It is expected the scene examination will be completed in coming days.”
During press appearances at the weekend, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the highly complex crime scene would require time and patience before any facts could be released.
Police declined to confirm the shocking incident was a murdersuicide but made clear no other people were sought and there was no ongoing danger to residents.
Police say 61-year-old Peter Miles shot and killed his daughter Katrina Miles, 35, and four grandchildren — Taye Cockman, 13, Rylan Cockman, 12, Arye Cockman, 10, and Kadyn Cockman, 8 — who were sleeping in a converted shed on the property.
Mr Miles then returned to the main house and shot wife Cynda, 58, before taking his own life.
Commissioner Dawson said local officers who were first on the scene did an exemplary job and would be supported in the aftermath of confronting scenes.
WA Police declined to comment on the welfare of the local officers.
“The police chaplain continues to liaise with officers who responded to the Osmington incident and other counselling is available to staff as they require,” he said.
Police at the road block on Osmington Road.
Police at the crime scene.