Body of woman found in creek

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - GRACE MA­SON THOMAS CHAMBERLIN

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.

Donna Steele.

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