Police appeal: Did you see the murder victim
By FRAZER PEARCE
ROCKHAMPTON residents shocked by the brutal weekend murder of wellliked flower-girl Suzanne Standing could hold the key to finding her killer.
Rockhampton police yesterday released the name of the 30-year-old victim found dead in the backyard of her Etna Creek home on Saturday morning with severe facial injuries.
The mother of a five-yearold boy was last seen alive on Friday afternoon visiting a friend at Rockhampton Hospital. Regional crime co-ordinator Inspector Mick Niland yesterday asked for public help to trace her final movements.
"Anyone who may have seen the deceased on Friday afternoon or Friday evening,'' he said.
"She was a well-known face around the city in her occupation as a flower-seller. We understand she was well liked in the community.''
Inspector Niland said Ms Standing's family and relatives, from Mount Morgan, Rockhampton and other parts of Queensland, were "absolutely distraught''.
Cambridge Hotel manager Tony Fenlon said he was stunned by the violent death of a young woman he often saw on Friday and Saturday nights selling flowers to couples. "She was quite a nice lady,'' he said.
"There would be a lot of people that would know the face. "She had been selling flowers here for six or seven years, it could be longer.''
Police placed a roadblock on the Bruce Highway outside Ms Standing's home on Sunday, interviewing an estimated 800 motorists, asking if they had seen any suspicious activity there on Friday evening.
"We received some positive information and we're following up those leads,'' Inspector Niland said.
Police have interviewed friends and associates of the woman. No charges had been laid.
A post-mortem examination found extensive trauma to Ms Standing's body, however police did not release any further details "for oper ational reasons''.
Anyone who can help police should call Rockhampton CIB 4932 1500 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.