Road blocked in hunt for woman?s murderer

By FRAZER PEARCE ? A ROADBLOCK on the Bruce Highway has given Rockhampton police new leads in finding the killer of a woman on a property at Etna Creek.

"We have good information and as a result of the information we have some leads,'' regional crime co-ordinator Inspector Mick Niland said last night.

A male friend of the 30-year-old discovered the woman's body in the back yard of her home on the Bruce Highway at Etna Creek about 10.15am Saturday.

She was found fully clothed, on her back with obvious and substantial injuries to her face.

It is believed the attack happened on Friday night.

Inspector Niland said a roadblock ? about 500 metres north of the intersection of Meldrum Drive and the highway ? was set up outside the crime scene to ask for information from people who may have used the route on Friday evening.

"We are asking for assistance from the public,'' he said. "Anyone who might have seen someone suspicious or a vehicle leaving or entering the property or even parked nearby.''

Inspector Niland said the victim's name had not been released.

Police were still speaking to relatives. The woman, who worked in Rockhampton, had been at the property, about 20km north of the city, for about a year.

Inspector Niland said her five-year-old son ? who had been living with her but was not on the property at the time of her death ? was safe and well.

The woman had shared custody of the boy with her ex-partner. Inspector Niland said a number of people were assisting police with their inquiries.

Police have interviewed the man who found the woman and her former partner.

No charges have been laid.

Forensic and fingerprint experts worked at the crime scene at the weekend while about 30 State Emergency Service volun- teers began combing the property for clues yesterday morning. Inspector Niland said "a number of items of interest'' had been found.

An autopsy was carried out yesterday afternoon.

Inspector Niland would not speculate on the cause of death or indicate when the post-mortem results would be released.

A major incident room has been set up in Rockhampton and 30 detectives are on the case.

Anyone who can help police should call Rockhampton CIB 4932 1500 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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