Small axe found near scene of sus­pected dou­ble mur­der

Man, 64, in po­lice cus­tody

The Observer - - FRONT PAGE - MARK ZITA [email protected]­sto­neob­server.com.au

PO­LICE have found a small tom­a­hawk-like axe near the scene of two deaths 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 Rd 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 as­sist­ing po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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

No charges had been laid yes­ter­day.

He also said all three were known to each other and were long-term res­i­dents of the caravan park.

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

Each had 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 as­sist Gladstone po­lice on Fri­day morn­ing, in ad­di­tion to crews from Rock­hamp­ton and Biloela.

Po­lice also es­tab­lished a for­ward com­mand post at the caravan park.

The ini­tial call to po­lice hap­pened at about 5pm Thurs­day, after a res­i­dent spot­ted the 63year old man out­side his caravan. “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions to date in­di­cate that the in­ci­dents may have oc­curred some­time be­tween 3.30pm to 4.40pm,” 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 very nice peo­ple”.

An­other res­i­dent took in a dog that al­legedly be­longed to one of the de­ceased and said they were hop­ing to find a new home for it.

Po­lice urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent to phone Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or Po­licelink on 131 444.

Photo: Matt Tay­lor

IN­VES­TI­GA­TION CON­TIN­UES: De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Darrin Shadlow says po­lice are talk­ing to a man in re­la­tion to the deaths on Thurs­day.

Photo: Matt Tay­lor GLA071218CVAN

HOMI­CIDE UNIT: Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing after a man, 63, and a woman, 60, were found dead at Cal­liope Caravan Park late Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

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