The final social media post of a Queensland mother allegedly murdered in her home revealed she was preparing for a “big year” ahead.
Like many mothers at the beginning of a new year, Alana Martin, 30, was proudly posting pictures of her sons on their first days at school.
“My big man and littlest man starting high school and kindy today,” she wrote, captioning a photo of two of her sons.
“Big year for us all this year.”
At face value, the loving mother of four appeared to be headed in a direction she was pleased with.
She had shared progression photos of her weight loss and four years ago posted online to say she was “feeling pretty great with life at the moment”.
Just one week after posting adorable photos of her sons in their school uniforms, Ms Martin was allegedly murdered in her Fraser Coast home by her former partner Daniel Noel Holm, 43.
Detectives said Mr Holm handed himself into the Maryborough Police Station about 5.30pm on Sunday afternoon, with police inspecting an Owanyilla house on Old Gympie Rd shortly later.
There, they found Ms Martin’s body.
Police will allege there were children in the house when Mr Holm allegedly murdered Ms Martin, with Detective Inspector Wade Lee affirming police “believe there were some young people there at the time of the offence’’.
Inspector Lee said police were now seeking dashcam footage from drivers in the areas around Old Gympie Rd, the Bruce Highway and near the police station who travelled between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday.
Footage of a silver green Toyota Camry sedan is being sought and anyone with information has been urged to contact police. The car belonged to Ms Martin.
Charged with one count of murder (as a domestic violence offence), Mr Holm fronted the Magistrates’ Court on Monday and has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on March 25.
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