Divers hunt for an­swers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Laura Pol­son

PO­LICE armed with ma­chine guns pa­trolled Is­abella Creek near Cooktown yes­ter­day as divers scoured the wa­ter­way for ev­i­dence in the case of Donna Steele, whose body was found in the creek on Sun­day.

Divers from Townsville and Bris­bane searched the creek at Leggett’s Cross­ing, about 25km west of Cooktown.

Of­fi­cers pa­trolled the creek on Tues­day night in a bid to spot crocs that may be present in the creek and have been talk­ing to lo­cal land­hold­ers and res­i­dents.

Mean­while the brother of the slain mum has made an im­pas­sioned plea for in­for­ma­tion about his sis­ter’s death.

Ja­son says the fam­ily is “ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated” and her two sons – aged eight and 10 – miss her ter­ri­bly.

“A lot of peo­ple knew Donna. She was a loved per­son around town, surely some­one must know some­thing,” he said.

Even a “tiny” bit of in­for­ma­tion could help in find­ing an­swers to who com­mit­ted this “hor­ri­ble act”, he said.

Ms Steele, 42, was last seen at the lo­cal IGA about mid­day last Wed­nes­day. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Ge­off Marsh said po­lice be­lieve she came home af­ter her time in town, but did not know if that’s where she died.

Insp Marsh said she prob­a­bly knew her killer.

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SERT of­fi­cers with ma­chine guns keep watch for crocodiles

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