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No one knew what was going on inside the Bracher St house

Floral tributes placed near the letterbox of 5 Bracher St where an elderly couple died on Tuesday.
Floral tributes placed near the letterbox of 5 Bracher St where an elderly couple died on Tuesday. Chris Ison

SHE liked bingo and he liked gardening - but no-one knew what was really going on behind the walls of number 5 Bracher St.

Shocked neighbours in the quiet Rockhampton street yesterday shed some light on the elderly couple who died in tragic circumstances this week.

The bodies of the 83-year-old man and 79-year-old woman were discovered at their Wandal home on Tuesday, after what police believe was a murder-suicide.

A neighbour said the incident completely shocked her and her husband, who have lived in the same street as the pair for some 20 years.

"Neither of us believed either of them could do anything like that," the neighbour said.

"It does scare you, even if you didn't know them; just the fact it happened in your street.

"We didn't hear or see anything."

Rockhampton CIB Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Ingram said it appeared the elderly couple were having significant marital difficulties during the 12 months prior to their deaths.

The man's body was initially found under the house by family members, who then contacted the authorities about 10am.

The body of the woman was found in the kitchen by police.

Snr Sgt Ingram said she had suffered significant head injuries and her death was being treated as suspicious.

He said it appeared the man had taken his own life.

Another Bracher St resident said it was unexpected.

"We knew them," she said.

"Whenever I'd go walking and run into (the man) we'd have a chat.

"She liked bingo and he liked gardening. They seemed like a nice, quiet couple."

Post-mortem examinations of both the man and woman were conducted yesterday.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

Topics:  murder, police, suicide, wandal




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