Father, baby boy found dead on Sunshine Coast in suspected murder-suicide
Queensland police are investigating whether a father killed his six-month-old son and then himself after their bodies were found in a car on the Sunshine Coast this morning.
Council workers found the car at in the Beerwah State Forest near a camping ground in the suburb of Coochin Creek and alerted police about 8:00am.
Detectives from the Child Protection unit are treating the matter as a murder-suicide.
“At this stage, detectives are treating the death of the child as suspicious and the man’s death as non-suspicious,” police said in a statement.
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Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen described the situation as “extremely distressing”.
“It’s a very tragic incident,” he said.
He said the father and the child’s mother were separated and did not have any other children.
“The mother was distraught as you could imagine,” he said.
“It’s still early stages in the investigation and we will be determining the circumstances surrounding [the deaths] but at this stage we have a tragic incident in which a father and his child are deceased.”
Detective Inspector Drinnen said there were allegations of domestic violence against the 46-year-old man.
The bodies were found in a red Commodore at Coochin Creek camp grounds off Roys Road. (ABC News: Bruce Atkinson)
The father and baby had been reported missing on Monday.
“The father and the child failed to turn up in relation to some custody arrangements,” Detective Inspector Drinnen said.
“The mother was concerned … so some welfare checks [were undertaken] initially, before this was reported as a missing person investigation.”
Detective Inspector Drinnen said no amber alert was issued but extensive searches and inquiries were conducted.
“This was treated as a high-risk missing person investigation,” he said.
“When we have information around the imminent threat and harm to a child, that is when we raise the [amber] alert.
“These will be matters that we look into and at this point in time it would be unfair for me to make comment with respect to that.”
A crime scene has been established around the red Commodore on Roys Road where it was found.
No weapons were found in the car.
The man is from Redcliffe, north of Brisbane.