Lieske finding brings closure

AFTER more than a month, DNA collected from skeletal re- mains found near The Caves has come back as those of Rockhamp- ton woman Nicole Margaret Lieske.

Regional crime co-ordinator, Inspector Mick Niland, said Rock- hampton Police had a suspect and were treating Ms Lieske's death as a homicide case.

The confirmation that the re- mains are those of 33-year-old Ms Lieske comes as a release to her family, her father, Lou Lieske, said.

"It is a release, a sort of clo- sure,'' he said.

Ms Lieske's three children "all seem to be fairing well'', he said.

"Nothing has hit home as yet, maybe the funeral will do that.''

The Lieske family have ar- ranged a service for Ms Lieske on Friday.

The DNA connection has not come as a surprise to Rockhamp- ton police who have not pro- gressed any further with the case and are still making calls to the public for information.

Ms Lieske was last seen on Jan- uary 27 this year and is believed to have known Edmund Payne, who was shot dead on Card Street on May 22 this year.

Steven Turner, 30, was arrested in relation to the murder of Mr Payne after a 20-hour siege at 67 Knight Street on May 26.

The search for Ms Lieske began in earnest on May 28 when they received intelligence that her safety was in danger. Anyone with information has been asked to call Rockhampton police on 4932 1500, or Crime Stop- pers on 1800 333 000.



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