There has been a tragic development in the search for Wendy Sleeman, mother of Gold Coast, whose body was discovered in the trunk of a car in Brisbane’s inner north.
Sleeman’s body was found in the back of a blue Honda Jazz on a property in Windsor and while formal identification has yet to be made, authorities are confident it is her.
Her 30-year-old son Slade Murdok has already been charged with multiple offenses after she disappeared on Tuesday.
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Police said Thursday night it was a “tragic scene, a tragic circumstance.”
“It is a very sad time for the family. On the other hand, it gives them some inference as to where she is,” said Det Supt Brendan Smith.
Authorities would not cite her injuries and said it was too early to determine.
Police were led to the Windsor address after a forensic examination of electronic equipment, police said.
“It’s just very sad that we came to the result that we have now. This morning I hoped we would still find her, but not in this condition. It’s a sad occasion for everyone,” said Det Supt Brendan Smith.
There were concerns for the 61-year-old woman’s well-being and an extensive search was launched in the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane.
Sleeman had called the police after spotting a disturbance at her home Tuesday afternoon.
“She came home from work and the house was forcibly entered and she noticed some damage,” Det Supt Smith said previously.
When the police arrived 30 minutes later, she was gone.
Murdok sat still for the majority of his bail application Thursday in Brisbane Magistrates Court.
The 30-year-old was on bail for unrelated offenses when he was arrested and charged in connection with his mother’s disappearance, the court heard.
Officers had found a pool of blood on the bathroom floor and scuff marks on the floor, indicating the victim was bleeding profusely and unconscious, prosecutors said.
Fearing for her own safety, Ms Sleeman believed Murdok could not attempt to kill her until January 23, the court heard.
Police had been looking for a blue, unnumbered Honda Jazz hatchback that has been linked to Sleeman’s disappearance.
Murdok was denied bail and the case against him was adjourned for mention on February 14.
– With AAP
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