Queensland crime: Local residents ‘shocked’ by discovery of missing mother’s body in Brisbane garage

A resident of the Brisbane unit complex where Wendy Sleeman’s body was found Thursday night says he is “quite devastated” by the find.

Sleeman’s body was discovered at a Windsor unit complex a day after her 30-year-old son Jamie “Slade” Murdok was charged with multiple offenses following her disappearance on Tuesday.

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Jacob Prideaux said the unit complex and street are usually “quite busy”.

“It’s a busy street, a busy suburb,” he said. “But nothing unusual.”

He said there was a mix of people in the building, from older couples to families.

“I’m sure everyone here would be pretty upset.”

Jacob Prideaux said the discovery of Wendy Sleeman’s body shocked residents. Credit: 7NEWS

Another resident on the street said they got home late Thursday night and knew immediately something was wrong.

They said that as they pulled onto the street after the entire unit complex was taped up and there was a lot of media exposure, they turned to their partner and said a body must have been found.

Their partner told them they were morbid.

The resident said it was common for people in the area to rent out parking spaces as they were close to Brisbane’s CBD.

Parking and garage deals can be found in the area on platforms like Gumtree and Parking Made Easy, one of which is currently listed two blocks from the scene for $70 a week.

Wendy Sleeman’s body was found in a garage in Brisbane a day after her son Jamie “Slade” Murdok was arrested. Credit: delivered

Police said Thursday they had hoped the search for Sleeman would end differently.

“This morning I was hoping we would find her, but not in this condition,” said Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith.

“It’s a sad occasion for everyone. It is a tragic scene and a tragic circumstance.”

Examination of electronic devices led police to the scene, Smith said.

“It looks like there is an innocent party involved in ownership of the garage,” he said.

“It wasn’t a formal relationship, I can tell that he didn’t seem entirely honest about who he was when he started the (garage).”

The garage owner was “pretty shocked,” Smith said.

“You don’t expect that.”

Police will claim that Murdok drove the car himself to the Windsor estate and believe the car has most likely been in the garage since late January 24.

The 30-year-old likely left the unit complex alone, Smith said.

The investigations are ongoing

Murdok’s movements are still under investigation, Smith said, urging the public with information to contact police.

Sleeman’s blue Honda Jazz hatch was last seen at 5:50pm on Tuesday 24 January at the junction of Paradise Road and Kingston Road in Logan Central and is then said to have made its way to north Brisbane.

Sunrise News Update: January 27, 2023

Sunrise News Update: January 27, 2023

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