A tragic breakthrough in the search for missing Brookfield mother-of-three, Allison Baden-Clay.
Late this morning a woman’s body was located near the Mount Crosby Weir, in Brisbane’s outer west.
The victim was dressed in clothes similar to those Allison Baden-Clay was wearing when she disappeared 11 days ago.
Jorge Branco reports.
Police addressed a waiting media pack at Brookfield Showgrounds early this afternoon.
They won’t confirm whether the body is that of Mrs Baden-Clay, but they admit it’s highly likely.
Det Supt Mark Ainsworth, Regional Crime Co-ordinator: “It’s not a positive confirmation that it is Allison, however, we are treating it very seriously that it may be her.”
Distraught relatives rushed to the showgrounds where police gave them the news.
Det Supt Mark Ainsworth, Regional Crime Co-ordinator: “They’re devestated, you can’t explain it any other way.”
A person in a canoe reported a body underneath the Kholo Creek Bridge, about five kilometres west of Moggill Road, around 11 this morning.
Det Supt Mark Ainsworth, Regional Crime Co-ordinator: “We received some information from a member of the public who was canoeing in that particular reach of the water. That’s what raised the alarm to police.”
Police say the 43-year-old woman’s disappearance has been escalated to a homicide inquiry.
As investigations continue, police are still calling for anyone with further information to come forward. They’re particularly interested in anyone who may have been travelling along Mt Crosby Road on the Thursday night or Friday morning of Allison Baden-Clay’s disappearance.
Mrs Baden-Clay was first reported missing by her husband, Gerard, 11 days ago.
The mother of three was last seen at her home about 10pm. Her husband reported her missing the next morning.
Police and SES volunteers have been combing bushland in the Brookfield area ever since.
They’ll say more when the body is formally identified.
Jorge Branco, QUT News.