Man held over body from Caves

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

POLICE are questioning a 30-year-old man in relation to human remains found north of Rockhampton.

Police yesterday would not say if the man being questioned was the same person charged with the murder of Edmund William Payne last week.

Detective Inspector Mick Niland, regional crime co-ordinator for the central region, said the remains were almost certainly that of Rockhampton woman Nicole Lieske, who was a known associate of Edmund Payne.

"The body is most likely Nicole Lieske,'' he said at a press conference yesterday.

Police had compared Ms Lieske's dental records with the remains, but had not yet received results from DNA tests done in Brisbane, Detective Inspector Niland said.

"We have informed the family that the remains are most likely their daughter,'' he said.

He also said the postmortem examination was inconclusive, and police were still waiting for DNA results which should arrive next week.

Police have established a crime scene at a North Rockhampton unit.

But Detective Inspector Niland would not further comment on evidence found in The Caves area or at the Bawden Street unit.

He said police had gathered several items from The Caves crime scene, but would not comment further.

"We have sent some items to Brisbane for DNA testing,'' he said.

More than 30 police from around Central Queensland are working on the case, which is being treated as a suspicious death.

The human remains were found in The Caves on May 29.



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