Two men charged with murder as cops confirm human remains found hidden in dense Queensland bush belong to woman who disappeared in April
- Police have confirmed that two men will face trial after being charged with murder
- Donna Howe, 57, was last seen by her family in late April in Caboolture
- Four-wheelers found the human remains in the Sunshine Coast outback
- On Tuesday, two men were driving on a remote track in the Glass House Mountains
Two men have been charged with murder two days after four-wheelers exploring a remote bush track came across a skeleton.
Queensland Police confirmed on Thursday that two people from Caboolture – a 41-year-old man and a 31-year-old man – had been arrested after the body of Donna Howe, 57, was found in the Sunshine Coast outback .
Police allege the pair murdered Ms Howe before she was moved to the Glass House Mountains National Park Track.
Ms Howe was last seen by her family in Caboolture at the end of April and had been missing for over a month.
Despite an extensive search by the police at the time, she could not be located.
Police allege the couple, who will face trial on Thursday for murder and misconduct of a corpse, knew Ms Howe before her death.
Two four-wheelers found the remains as they drove down the isolated bush track on Tuesday.
A crime scene was declared and the remains were sent to a lab in Brisbane, which confirmed they belonged to Ms Howe.
Four-wheelers inadvertently came across the skeleton on a lonely track in the Sunshine Coast outback (pictured)
Queensland Police Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Mansfield said a lighter was found near the body.
“It looks like there are at least some charred areas,” he said.
“But we’re just trying to figure out if it’s just decomposition…there’s no extended area of fire, so we’re not ruling that out.”
An incident center has been set up at Maroochydore Police Station with Sunshine Coast Police to work with other specialist officers.
Glass House Mountains is a rural town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with a population of 5,065 as recorded in the 2016 census.
The mountains are popular with tourists and locals alike for bush walks, rock climbing and 4x4s on the scenic tracks.
Police declared a crime scene on the remote track with initial examinations of the remains discovered on Tuesday indicating they are human (stock image)