Family praises police efforts
THE brother of a woman who was killed in a triple murder-suicide this week has thanked police for their effort, despite initial criticism of their investigation.
Ben Simpson, the uncle of Kyla Rogers who was found dead in her father Paul Rogers’ arms in a vehicle west of Casino on Monday, said yesterday the police did everything they could.
“The police have been fantastic,” he said.
“There’s no more words that I can say about the police. They’ve treated this so well and I really appreciate their support and help as well.”
Mr Simpson is the brother of Kyla’s mother, Tania Simpson, who was murdered alongside “family friend” Antony Way by Paul Rogers, her ex-partner, on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
“I believe the police have done everything in their power and there’s nothing else that they could have done or we could have done,” Mr Simpson said.
At 9.30pm on Monday, Richmond LAC police had to smash their way into Mr Rogers’ car, which was parked 30 metres off the Bruxner Highway in roadside scrub at Piora, near Casino, where they found an “angelic child obviously dead”, Richmond LAC Commander Super-intendent Greg Martin said.
Police located the silver Holden Viva after someone reported sighting the vehicle at 10.30am on Monday.
Police said it was “completely possible” Kyla and Mr Rogers were dead by then.
The investigation into the double murder and abduction of Kyla came under fire after it took Queensland police seven hours to issue a child abduction alert.
Police said they could not issue an alert until they knew the details of the car Mr Rogers was driving.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced the triple-murder-suicide would be the first case referred to Queensland’s new family and domestic violence death unit. The unit is comprised of senior investigators, Department of Communities resources and an expert panel.
Local detectives and specialist officers conducting an evidence search were on the scene at Piora again yesterday, where tyre tracks from the car in which Mr Rogers gassed himself and his his daughter, were still fresh.