Murder probe after mum-of-four found dead near popular Queensland fishing spot

Murder probe after mum-of-four found dead near popular Queensland fishing spot

A man has been arrested after a mother of four was found dead in bushland near Townsville by teenagers riding quad bikes.

The 44-year-old’s body was discovered on Saturday afternoon on a sandy track off Jaloonda Road in Bluewater, near a fishing village.

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Queensland Police say the woman, who had four children aged 14 to 24, had recently moved to the area and was living alone.

On Sunday evening, police arrested a 38-year-old Deeragun man at a business near Main Street on the Bruce Highway, Proserpine, who is assisting detectives with their enquiries.

Detectives said they believed the woman knew her attacker, but were not treating it as a family or domestic violence incident.

“It doesn’t appear to be a situation where it’s a random attack on a stranger,” Detective Inspector Jason Shepherd told reporters on Sunday.

“It appears that she would have known who her attacker was. They probably went to that location together.”

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Police believe the woman died at the location, and Shepherd said it didn’t appear there had been any attempt made to conceal her body.

“It would have been very easy for anyone going along that track to see her instantly,” he said.

A weapon is thought to have been used, but has not been found. Police are yet to reveal the cause of the woman’s death.

Shepherd said the teenagers who found the woman’s body didn’t know her, but were left shaken by the discovery.

Police will further allege the 38-year-old man was travelling south on the Bruce Highway near Yarlboroo on Sunday morning when he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a passing motorist, allegedly firing one shot into the side of her vehicle.

The victim, who was not known to the man, was not physically harmed during the incident.

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