Police focus on white van as travel blogger charged over deadly shed fire

The police investigation into the alleged murder of a father and his young daughter in a shed fire in southeast Queensland has zeroed in on a white van that was seen in the area.

The bodies of Todd Mooney, 54, and Kirra, 10, were discovered in the burnt out building on their Biggenden property on the afternoon of December 20. Their deaths came just days before Mr Mooney, who owned the local bakery, was due to wed Kirra’s mum Bec Hansen at the Fenwicks Road house.

Biggenden baker Todd Mooney, 54, (left), and his daughter Kirra, 10, (right).
Biggenden baker Todd Mooney, 54, and his daughter Kirra, 10, both died in the blaze on the family's property on December 20. Source: Nine News

A 24-year-old travel blogger and OnlyFans creator has since been charged with their murders and one count of arson. Kristen Olsen will face court on Monday, as reported by Nine News.

Officers are yet to establish any motive behind the attack and don’t believe Ms Olsen, who lives an hour north of Biggenden in Maryborough, knew the dad and daughter before they died.

The burnt out shed in Biggenden.
It took firefighters hours to put our the blaze in Biggendon. Source: ABC News

Appeal for information into sightings of ‘distinctive’ white van

Police investigating the case have since released an image of a white Holden Barina wagon in an appeal for information. They say the vehicle had a very distinctive solar panel on its roof.

It was later discovered burnt out in Maryborough, alongside a trailer and caravan, according to Nine News. Police believe it was set alight on the same day as the Biggenden blaze.

The white van seen between Biggenden and Bam Bam Springs.
Queensland Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen the vehicle between 10am and 2pm between Biggenden and Bam Bam Springs to come forward. Source: Queensland Police

Anyone who may have seen the vehicle on the day of the fire, between 10am and 2pm, around the Biggenden to Bam Bam Springs area, is urged to come forward.

Those with information about the van, or anything else to do with the fire, can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Posts on social media reveal accused ‘cleansing’ her soul

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Pettiford confirmed on Friday that Ms Olsen is so far their only person of interest in the homicide case.

24-year-old travel blogger, Kristen Olsen, has been charged with the dad and daughter's murder. Source: Instagram
Travel blogger Kristen Olsen, 24, has been charged with the dad and daughter's murder. Source: Instagram

While he said that she didn’t have any known links to the Mooney family, she did go to school in Biggeden. On Instagram the 24-year-old shared a photo of herself in a river in one of her last posts before she was arrested.

“Quick dips in the streams to refresh my barefoot and cleanse both myself and my soul,” she wrote on November 30. “Finding swings, cans to collect and rocks that looked like kind cushioning for my head. Spending at least 30 minutes within the waters grasp to wash it all away..”

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