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.

Centenary affair for life member Erick and Gatton Show

100 YEARS: Erick Zischke (left) celebrated 100 years of the Gatton Show with son Neville.

Erick Zischke celebrates his centenary with the Gatton Show.

MS sufferer halfway to a healthier future

TREATMENT QUEST: Mary Cullinane has reached the halfway mark in her fundraising to get stem cell treatment in Russia.

Mary Cullinane has reached the halfway mark in her fundraising.

Road to Rio for our vet

TEAM MAN: WestVets owner doctor Nathan Anthony is Rio bound as team vet for the equestrian team.

Vet Nathan Anthony will assist the Australian eventing team in Rio.

Latest deals and offers

Carolyn speaks up as leading Toastmaster

ENCOURAGING more women to speak up will be a key focus for newly inducted Lockyer Valley Toastmasters president Carolyn Becker.

Centenary affair for life member Erick and Gatton Show

100 YEARS: Erick Zischke (left) celebrated 100 years of the Gatton Show with son Neville.

Erick Zischke celebrates his centenary with the Gatton Show.

MS sufferer halfway to a healthier future

TREATMENT QUEST: Mary Cullinane has reached the halfway mark in her fundraising to get stem cell treatment in Russia.

Mary Cullinane has reached the halfway mark in her fundraising.

Road to Rio for our vet

TEAM MAN: WestVets owner doctor Nathan Anthony is Rio bound as team vet for the equestrian team.

Vet Nathan Anthony will assist the Australian eventing team in Rio.

Robert Moffatt claims Gatton Show Boral Grand Prix

BIG JUMP: Robert Moffatt and Viduka clear the Boral jump on their way to victory the Grand Prix.

Riders battle wet conditions for Gatton Show grand prix.

Jed Morgan set to tee off for Australia in golf championships

Hatton Vale golfer Jed Morgan will represent Australia in Tawain next month.

Hatton Vale golfer Jed Morgan will represent Australia in Taiwan.

Harry's MasterChef exit makes way for all-Noosa grand final

Harry Foster congratulates MasterChef finalists Elena Duggan and Matt Sinclair after a closely-fought semi-final.

YOUNG Rocky-born cook now working in his dream job in Tasmania.

Kim Kardashian West bemused by selfie 'drama'

Kim didn't expect her naked selfie to cause the stir it did

Alicia Vikander hasn't been home since Oscars

Alicia Vikander "hasn't been home" for nearly nine months.

Tom Hiddleston not worried about relationship attention

Attention doesn't bother 'authentic' Hiddleston

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field to expand family?

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field want more children.

Licking incident bars Ariana from performing at White House

Ariana Grande has been blocked from performing at the White House

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles