Qld pair charged after human bones found

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Two men have been charged with murder after charred bones, believed to be the remains of missing woman Donna Howe, were found in a remote forest in southeast Queensland.

Detectives are still testing the bones to see if they match the DNA of the missing 57-year-old from Caboolture, north of Brisbane, who was reported missing in April.

Officers arrested two men, aged 41 and 31, who both knew Ms Howe, at a home on Balkee Ave, Caboolture, on Wednesday afternoon.

The pair have both been charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse. They are due to appear in Caboolture Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The burnt bones were found about noon on Tuesday by two men who had been driving on a remote forestry track in the Glasshouse Mountains.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Mansfield told reporters on Wednesday that the blackened remains appeared to have been burned where they were found.

"The body has been located in some heavily treed and also heavily shrubbed area through lantana, which is about 10 metres off a dirt track," he said.

Det Sr Sgt Mansfield said a lighter had been found close to the body, and that police were testing for accelerants.

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