A Queensland teenager charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his father with a pair of scissors on Palm Island has faced court.
Nathaniel James Murray, 19, was charged on Monday after allegedly stabbing his 52-year-old father in the neck with a pair of scissors during an argument at a Farm Road home that afternoon.
The father was pronounced dead at Townsville Base Hospital on Monday evening after undergoing surgery.
"We believe the murder weapon may be a pair of scissors and we're undertaking a search at the present time to locate that," Detective Inspector Leonie Steyger told reporters in Townsville on Tuesday.
"We're not completely sure what the altercation was about."
The teen was remanded in custody after a brief hearing in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Wednesday and is due to appear again next week.
"Any investigation where family or close associates are involved does make it very emotive and very difficult but all witnesses and family members are being co-operative at this time," Det Sgt Steyger said.
"Obviously they're quite devastated by the incident. They've lost a father, husband and also have the son or brother who may be responsible for that."