Police: Tia Landers tortured, murdered and then dumped
QUEENSLAND Police believe a former Ipswich woman who relocated to Brisbane's northern suburbs to start a new life after losing everything in the 2011 floods was tortured before being murdered.
The body of Tia Maria Jayne Landers, 28, was found on Thursday evening in a shallow grave in bushland off Roys Rd at Beerwah, inland of the Sunshine Coast.
Police will allege she was tortured with knives, machetes and a sword - then shot twice before a plastic bag was wrapped around her head, News Corp reported.
The mother-of-four's final moments were reportedly witnessed by two male friends, who were forced at knife and gunpoint to watch her ordeal then ordered to wrap her body and clean up the blood.
The killing was carried out by a couple who interrupted the brutal torture session to inject themselves with drugs, police will reportedly allege.
Police had held grave fears for Tia Landers' safety since she was reported missing on June 20.
A man and woman have since been charged with a string of offences including the mother of four's murder.
Brighton couple John Edward Harris, 42, and Linda Eileen Appleton, 40, faced Redcliffe Magistrates Court yesterday morning charged with murder, deprivation of liberty, torture, interfering with a corpse, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and weapon offences.
Ms Landers' mother, Mary Landers, took to Facebook yesterday to call for cool heads.
"Please let the police handle it now and get justice for my daughter," she said.
"I do not want or need anybody interfering with the investigation.
"Thank you for your love and support."
Detective Acting Superintendent Damien Hansen said yesterday there was evidence Ms Landers had been tortured and killed at a house in Newport St, Brighton.
He said she went to the house voluntarily but he would not comment if her murder had any links to her long-time partner Wade Bartz who is currently behind bars.
Bartz, who attended the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, is behind bars for a string of armed robbery offences.
"We established her last known movements were on June 16 at an address in Brighton," he said.
"We executed a warrant at that address on Thursday and as a result it led us to a forest where Ms Landers' remains were located.
"We believe her body had been in the forest for some time."
Supt Hansen said he would not reveal whether Ms Landers' murder was drug-related or how she was murdered, except that torture was allegedly involved.
"The indications are it was a particularly violent death," Supt Hansen said.