Cliff unit in po­lice sights

Kan­ga­roo Point bones iden­ti­fied

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK BILLINGS

BONES found in a bag g dumped be­low a pop­u­lar Bris­bane look­out have been iden­ti­fied as the re­mains of Con­stance May Watcho.

Miss­ing since Novem­ber, her case is now a pos­si­ble mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion as de­tec­tives seek to un­der­stand her grue­some fate.

Po­lice yes­ter­day raided a unit on River Ter­race, Kan­ga­roo Point, just above where her dis­mem­bered skele­ton was dis­cov­ered last week. Ms Watcho, 37, was last known to be stay­ing in the apart­ment, which po­lice said was a “fluid” ten­ancy.

Foren­sic of­fi­cers will spend the next few days scour­ing the squalid unit for ev­i­dence.

Neigh­bours told The Sun­day Mail they had seen Ms Watcho at the home and that she knew its long-term ten­ant. Deb­o­rah Bout­land said the man had been the per­son who found the bones but po­lice would not com­ment on this claim.

No one has been taken into cus­tody over the mat­ter.

Ms Watcho’s fam­ily has been left dev­as­tated by the news af­ter ear­lier be­ing in­formed of its like­li­hood.

“Ob­vi­ously, as you can un­der­stand they would be dis­traught,” De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant War­ren Gibbs said. “It's one thing to know your fam­ily mem­ber has been lo­cated, an­other thing to know they’re sim­ply re­mains.”

Fam­ily from Bris­bane and sur­round­ing ar­eas yes­ter­day joined the rest of Ms Watcho’s fam­ily in Cher­bourg to re­mem­ber her.

“She was a happy-gol lucky per­son,” her niece said.

“A very fam­ily ori­en­tated p per­son.”

De­tec­tives used med­i­cal a and den­tal records to match Ms Watcho to the re­mains. But they are un­sure how and when her re­mains ended up in a bag in waist-high grass.

“There's an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion sur­round­ing the cir­cum­stances of that per­son’s death and the rea­son they were lo­cated be­low River Ter­race,” Sen Sgt Gibbs said.

“It’s en­tirely pos­si­ble they may have been there for al­most 12 months.”

Po­lice are seek­ing footage, in­clud­ing from drones which fre­quent the cliffs. SEARCH FOR CLUES: The unit and (in­set) Con­stance Watcho.

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