Body of woman found in creek
A MOTHER suspected murdered was yesterday found bound and wrapped in an isolated creek in Cooktown.
Police have set up multiple crime scenes as part of the murder investigation.
The body is yet to be formally identified, although police believe it likely belongs to local woman Donna Louise Steele, 42, who had been missing since last Wednesday.
A search for the mother of two, involving police and the Rescue 510 helicopter, had been under way over the weekend before police were called to Leggett’s Crossing on Endeavour Valley Rd about 5.20am.
It is understood a passer- by spotted the body about 20km outside Cooktown.
Far North police Detective Inspector Geoff Marsh confirmed several crime scenes had been established at sites around the Far North town.
Police also attended a property on Endeavour Valley Rd early yesterday which the Townsville Bulletin understands belongs to a close friend of Ms Steele.
Insp Marsh would not confirm if they had any suspects, but said the circumstances were suspicious and they were “following a number of lines of inquiry”.
Ms Steele had last been seen at the IGA supermarket on Helen St in Cooktown about 12.15pm on Wednesday.
When police first reported her missing they said they had concerns for her as she suffered a medical condition.
Her friend Kath Pennell spoke out yesterday, saying the incident had left the small township in shock.
“I am so devastated that I can barely speak,” she said.
“I will say she was a beautiful mother and friend.
“She loved her children so much. I can’t believe someone has done this to her.”
Insp Marsh said police were offering support to Ms Steele’s family including her two young children.
He said specialist homicide and scientific officers from Brisbane were being flown in to assist Cairns and Cooktown investigators.
Police have called on anyone with information to come forward and investigations remain ongoing.