Detective Inspector Mick Dowie of the Homicide Group Cold Case Investigation Unit and local police officers on scence where Lainie Coldwell tragically died over four years ago. Photo Ali Kuchel / Western Times
Detective Inspector Mick Dowie of the Homicide Group Cold Case Investigation Unit and local police officers on scence where Lainie Coldwell tragically died over four years ago. Photo Ali Kuchel / Western Times Ali Kuchel

Charleville death prompts public appeal from police

THE State Cold Case Homicide Investigation Unit and local police are appealing for any information regarding the tragedy of a Charleville woman which occurred over four years ago.

On August 23, 2009, it was reported to police that Lainie Coldwell fell from a tree where she was removing Christmas lights at her Walter Street home.

However, Detective Inspector Mick Dowie of the Homicide Group Cold Case Unit said the matter was an ongoing investigation due to inconsistencies.

"There was a black Ford F2-50 utility backed up to the tree with an extension ladder in the back tray leaning on the tree," he said.

"It was reported to us that she was on her own and her partner at the time came out and found her on the ground with a severe head injury.

The utility vehicle and ladder where it was reported Lainie Coldwell fell from four years ago. Photo Contributed
The utility vehicle and ladder where it was reported Lainie Coldwell fell from four years ago. Photo Contributed Contributed

"The assumption was she had climbed up into the tree and (had) fallen out of the tree whilst trying to remove the lights.

He said the homicide group and police were further investigating to assist the coroner.

"Some ambiguities have been reported to us and (have) not being totally consistent with the medical evidence that we're getting with regards to Lainie's condition," Ins Dowie said.

Insp Dowie said they are appealing for anyone who live in the Charleville area or may have travelled along Walter Street on that day, or more importantly on Saturday August 22 or Friday August 21 to come forward.

"If anyone has any photographs of the house prior to the incident, and in particular we're interested in the tree and the lights in the tree," he said.

If anyone has information they can call the Charleville police on 4650 5500 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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