Linking of Nicole and man?s murder

By LYNDAL GAWEN

ROCKHAMPTON police are trying to establish if there was a link between Edmund Payne's murder and the disappearance of Nicole Lieske.

Regional crime co-ordinator Inspector Mick Niland said Mr Payne and Ms Lieske moved in the same circles and knew of each other.

Mr Payne was shot at close range outside his Card Street, North Rockhampton, home on Sunday, May 22.

After a 20-hour siege at 67 Knight Street on Thursday, May 26, Steven Turner, 30, was arrested and charged with Mr Payne's murder.

Police recovered a gun from the siege scene, but have not determined if it is the gun used to shoot Mr Payne. They have, however, established that it was a drug-related death.

Inspector Niland said police were questioning a 30-year-old man about the remains of a woman found in Mt Etna National Park, just outside The Caves, on Sunday, May 29.

Although Inspector Niland is not willing to disclose that the 30-year-old they are questioning is Turner, he said the person's association with the investigation of the remains is drug-related.

While Ms Lieske's dental records have been checked with those of the remains, police are waiting for DNA tests to be completed before they will be satisfied with any conclusion as to who the woman is.

"A number of persons have come forward that are associated with the missing person and the man currently being questions has provided vital information to the investigators,'' Inspector Niland said.

Rockhampton police are asking that anyone with more information call Rockhampton CIB 4932 1518, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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