The family of missing Brisbane teenager Larissa Beilby has revealed the 16-year-old has died in a heartbreaking post.
“With a broken heart shattered into more than a million pieces our family is utterly destroyed to inform you all that Larissa has been taken from us,” Deanna, who is the teen’s sister, wrote.
“Our beautiful girl has been reunited with our beloved wife and mother. Fly high our darling angel, until we see you again Rissy.”
Tributes are flowing for the teen who was described as a “beautiful soul” an “amazing person” and an “incredible friend”.
“Rest In Peace gorgeous girl going to be missed very much,” one person wrote.
“I will always remember Larissa as beautiful, mindful, caring & a great sense of humour,” said another.
A man wanted for questioning over the discovery of a teenage girl’s body inside a barrel is in police custody after a 28-hour siege on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
There were fears the body found in the barrel was the 16-year-old, but police have not confirmed the identity.
It has been confirmed the man and Larissa were known to each other.
The 34-year-old had holed up in an Alexandra Headland apartment complex, prompting police to lock down the surrounding area from 3.25pm on Friday.
Queensland Police said in a statement that the man had surrendered without incident about 6.30pm on Saturday “following a highly complex and lengthy negotiation lasting nearly 28 hours”.
Sunshine Coast District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson said it was important to give police negotiators the time to resolve the stand-off peacefully.
“I am relieved that we have been able to take this man into custody without him, any member of the public or any of our officers being hurt,” he said.
Supt Johnson thanked the people of Alexandra Headland, particularly those living within the police exclusion zone, for their patience and assistance during the stand-off.
Police have charged a 40-year-old Palmwoods woman and a 38-year-old Alexandra Headlands man with being accessories after the fact to murder.
Detectives allege the 40-year-old woman assisted the man to get to the unit complex on Juan Street. She was charged on June 29 and appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on June 30.
They allege the man also assisted and he was charged on Saturday evening.