News

Body found at Kholo Creek

Police cars block Mt Crosby Road close to where the body of missing woman Allison Baden-Clay was found.
Police cars block Mt Crosby Road close to where the body of missing woman Allison Baden-Clay was found. David Nielsen

POLICE believe a dead body found in a creek north-east of Ipswich yesterday is that of missing woman Allison Baden-Clay.

A canoeist discovered the body in Kholo Creek, underneath Mt Crosby Rd, about 11am yesterday.

A large section of Mt Crosby Rd - stretching from Tanderra Way in the west to Hawkesbury Rd in the east - was blocked as detectives began an investigation into what they called an "unlawful homicide."

Although the body was yet to be formally identified last night, police confirmed the deceased was wearing clothes that appeared to be similar to those worn by Mrs Baden-Clay on the night she was last seen 12 days ago.

Metropolitan North Chief Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said specialist water police, forensic officers and murder detectives were on the scene.

Asked if the body was Mrs Baden-Clay's, he answered: "I must stress that it is not a positive confirmation, however we are treating it very seriously that it is her.

"The person is subject to a recovery process and formal identification to confirm it is the missing person that we have been looking for over the last 11 days.

"The search patterns are continuing in this area and a further decision will be made about further searches of areas in the next few hours."

Mrs Baden-Clay was a 43-year-old mother of three and former Ipswich Girls Grammar School vice-head girl who graduated in 1985.

Her parents, Geoff and Priscilla Dickie, are former Ipswich residents.

Late last week they made a passionate plea for information regarding their daughter, who was reported missing from her Brookfield home by her husband Gerard about 7.30am on April 20.

Mr Baden-Clay, a Brisbane estate agent, says that he last saw his wife at home watching television about 10pm on April 19.

The spot where the body was found is not far from the quiet community of Mt Crosby, where residents were yesterday wondering what to make of the latest development.

One local business owner said there had been a lot of speculation about the find among residents.

"Personally I am surprised that something like this has happened here - it's a bit scary," she said.

"A lot of people from this area travel to Brisbane up that road. It's a pretty tight-knit community where everyone knows everyone.

"It has been a really big shock to the entire area."

Yesterday police were thick on on the ground in the area, door-knocking residents of the hills lining Kholo and Little Ugly creeks.

"There are a number of residences, particularly near the Tyarnolum Camp Site or on Bunya Street of Wirrabara Road, in the vicinity of the where the body was located," Supt Ainsworth said.

"Someone out there may have heard something that could help police with their investigations."

Police pleaded for anyone who was near the Kholo Ck bridge on the night of Thursday, April 19, who saw either a silver Holden Captiva or a white Toyota Prado, to contact them.

Supt Ainsworth said police had already received information from members of the public regarding the two vehicles as a result of the significant level of interest the story had attracted.

"At this stage we have interviewed a number of people on more than one occasion," he said.

Police refused to comment on whether or not Mrs Baden Clay's husband Gerard was a suspect.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  allison baden-clay, missing woman


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Local shoppers help children's hospice

Coles Queensland state manager Paul Bradshaw, community relations officer Sonja Marsden and Hummingbird House co-founder Paul Quilliam.

Fundraising for Hummingbird House.

Cyndi Palmer's tribute to murdered daughter

Cyndi Palmer addresses the media.

Mum of murdered schoolgirl calls for public not to speculate on case

OPINION: Why we need to give Tiahleigh's mum a break

It's plain Cyndi Palemr loved Tialeigh and we should stop questioning

Local Partners

Free food feeds locals

HUNDREDS of Logan families have been given a helping hand with Tribe of Judah's food give-away last weekend.

Council to deploy quad bikes to check footpaths

BROKEN PATHS: Field engineers Teyen Widdicombe and Luke Gibney will survey Logan's footpaths on quad bikes.

Bikes to survey Logan's paths.

Grocery store theft

Police need your help.

Students tap into robotics

FUTURE TECH: Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch with students from Boronia Heights State School.

Tiny robots help kids pave way of future.

Calling all car, bike fanatics

HOT RODS: Family and Kids Care Foundation's Tass Augustatkis with Eliminators president Wayne McGregor and car owners Gordon Bruback and Mark Greats.

Hot rod car show on tomorrow.

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Upgrades under way for Daisy Hill

IMPROVEMENTS: Mick de Brenni MP pictured last year with John Saville and Sandra Lott at Daisy Hill Forest.

Upgrades on the way for Daisy Hill forest.

Local shoppers help children's hospice

Coles Queensland state manager Paul Bradshaw, community relations officer Sonja Marsden and Hummingbird House co-founder Paul Quilliam.

Fundraising for Hummingbird House.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state