A ‘hor­rific’ crime scene at Cal­liope

The Morning Bulletin - - ON THE RECORD - MARK ZITA [email protected]­sto­neob­server.com.au

PO­LICE have found a tom­a­hawk-like axe near the scene of a dou­ble mur­der at Cal­liope.

At a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Darrin Shadlow said the weapon would form part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deaths of a 63-year man and 60-year old woman, who were found at a caravan park on Stowe Road on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“We’ll have fur­ther tests con­ducted on that weapon in Bris­bane,” Insp Shadlow said.

A 64-year-old man is in po­lice cus­tody, and is as­sist­ing po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Insp Shadlow said the man was found in a nearby park, where he handed him­self to po­lice.

Charges have yet to be laid. He also said all three were known to each other, and long term res­i­dents of the park.

The 63-year old man was found blood­ied out­side his caravan, and the 60-year-old woman was found in­side a sep­a­rate caravan nearby.

Each had suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant wounds.

“Both scenes were quite hor­rific for both po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices,” Insp Shadlow said.

Of­fi­cers from the Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit in Bris­bane were flown up to help Gladstone po­lice yes­ter­day morn­ing, in ad­di­tion to crews from Rock­hamp­ton and Biloela.

The ini­tial call to po­lice was made about 5pm Thurs­day, after a res­i­dent spot­ted the 63-year old man out­side his caravan.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions to date in­di­cate that the in­ci­dents may have oc­curred some­time be­tween 3.30pm-4.40pm Thurs­day,” Insp Shadlow said.

“We are ap­peal­ing for any­one who may have no­ticed or heard some­thing or seen any­one sus­pi­cious, or some­thing out of the or­di­nary, to con­tact us.”

A park res­i­dent, who did not wish to be named, said the pair were both “long-term res­i­dents of the park and nice peo­ple”.

They took in a dog that be­longed to one of the dead pair, to find a new home for the an­i­mal.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged by po­lice to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000, or Po­liceLink on 131 444.

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WE ARE AP­PEAL­ING FOR ANY­ONE WHO MAY HAVE NO­TICED OR HEARD SOME­THING OR SEEN ANY­ONE SUS­PI­CIOUS, OR SOME­THING OUT OF THE OR­DI­NARY, TO CON­TACT US. INSP DARRIN SHADLOW

Photo: Matt Tay­lor GLA071218CVAN

EX­TRA CREWS: Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing after two sus­pi­cious deaths at Cal­liope Caravan Park late Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

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