Missing Thangool man found murdered in North Queensland
WHAT was once a place of hope, is now an endless flow of tributes for Central Queensland's Travis Davis.
Police found the remains of the 28-year-old Thangool man in bushland west of Cairns on Sunday.
A 19-year-old man was charged with murder in relation to the discovery, while a 19-year-old woman was charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Mr Davis travelled to Cairns to find work earlier this year, but went missing in mid-October.
Since then, his family have desperately campaigned to find him, even starting a Facebook page (see tear-out).
"No words can describe how we are feeling," Mr Davis' sister wrote on the page yesterday.
"My beautiful brother was taken from us. He was such a kind-hearted amazing boy who never hurt anyone."
Detective Acting Inspector Kevin Goan from Cairns police said yesterday a tip off led to the discovery of the body at a private campsite in Mona Mona, near Kuranda.
"We kicked off the search at 9.30 yesterday (Sunday) morning and recovered him by 10.15," he said.
"The area he was recovered in was remote, quite thick bushland."
Det Act Insp Goan said Mr Davis was believed to have been staying at the campsite.
While the cause of death is still being determined, he said investigations indicated Mr Davis was probably dead at the time his disappearance was reported to police.
"Our investigations indicate that he met his demise in proximity to where he was located," he said.
Mr Davis' car, which was the focus of a recent missing person appeal, was found last week at business premises in Cairns.
Det Act Insp Goan said the accused were recent acquaintances of Mr Davis.
He said there was nothing to suggest business dealings or drugs were involved.
The accused faced the Mareeba Magistrates Court yesterday. The man was remanded in custody, while the woman was released on bail. The matter was adjourned until February.
Gwen Cowland: Trav was a very polite young man, with a gentle soul. I will surely always remember him.
KayandDwayne Smith: Our condolences to all of Trav's family. I know I will always remember his face as a cheeky smiling one.
Travis Brady: R.I.P Trav, a good lad taken so soon.
Alicia White: Not the outcome everyone was hoping but at least he's going home to his family. RIP Travis you are now another star in the sky.