Two men charged with murder over human remains found in Glass House mountains


Police say one of the men charged with murder over human remains found in a Sunshine Coast forest this week was living with the woman they believe the remains belong to.

Donna Howe, a 57-year-old Caboolture woman, was last seen in early May and reported missing to police on June 5.

Senior Detective Sergeant Anthony Green, of Caboolture’s Criminal Investigations Division, said police were examining the remains, they were also investigating a possible link to Ms Howe’s disappearance.

He said while an autopsy on Friday would provide more information, police believed the remains were those of Ms Howe.

Police have charged a 41-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, both from Caboolture, with the death.

On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant at a home on Balkee Drive in Caboolture, where they will allege Ms Howe lived with one of the two men charged in her death.

Det Snr Sgt Green said both men were known to Ms Howe.

“The Missing Person [Ms Howe] resides at the address with one of the men who live in Balkee Drive,” he said.

“They have resided together but they are not a couple.”

He said the other man would visit the house, which has now been designated a crime scene.

At a press conference in Caboolture this afternoon, Det Snr Sgt Green said the investigation was still in its early stages and it was too early to comment on Ms Howe’s murder or what led the two men to be charged with misconduct with a body.

Police were alerted to the heavily decomposed remains on Tuesday afternoon after they were discovered by two young men driving down a lonely four-wheel-drive trail in the Beerburrum State Forest in the Glass House Mountains.

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