Woman's body found stuffed in wardrobe after 'murder-suicide'

Ash Cant
·2-min read

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found inside a wardrobe after a man was found dead in the same apartment.

A 53-year-old man's body was also found at the Sapphire apartments complex in Labrador, on Queensland's Gold Coast, about 10.20am on Friday.

Police said initial investigations indicated the man's death was not suspicious.

Police officers outside a Gold Coast apartment block after a suspected murder-suicide.
A man and a woman have been found dead at an apartment block on the Gold Coast. Source: AAP

A second body was discovered about 11.40am inside a furniture chest inside the apartment.

It is believed to be that of a 48-year-old woman who police believe was in relationship with the man for 10 years.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday morning, Gold Coast District Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said early indications were the man may have been responsible for the woman's suspicious death.

"There is some suggestion that the male person was also a carer for the female," Gold Coast District Det Insp Ahearn said.

"One of the lines of investigation is into the medical condition of the female person, prior to her tragic death."

A man looks over his balcony towards an apartment (plants) where it is believed Queensland Police have established a crime scene in Labrador. Source: AAP
A man looks over his balcony towards an apartment (plants) where it is believed Queensland Police have established a crime scene in Labrador. Source: AAP

However, Det Insp Ahearn said police are treating the woman's death as a murder, though there were no domestic violence orders in place and the couple was unknown to police.

The woman's body is yet to be formally identified and on Saturday, both bodies will undergo post-mortem examinations to determine the exact timeline of the deaths.

Det Insp Ahearn said the decomposition of the bodies indicated they had been dead since at least last weekend.

"We believe the female person is in a more advanced state than the male," he said.

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