Police investigate a suspected murder-suicide on the Sunshine Coast.
Police investigate a suspected murder-suicide on the Sunshine Coast.

'Murdered' baby boy missing for two days

UPDATE 1PM: Police have revealed that domestic violence led to the death of a six-month-old boy after he was murdered by his father on a remote Sunshine Coast road.

Sunshine Coast Crime Group officer-in-charge Detective Inspector David Drinnen said the "extremely distressing and very tragic incident" was still in early stages of investigation, but they believed a 46-year-old man was responsible.

The bodies of the man and baby were found early this morning in a car off Roys Rd by council workers who immediately contacted police.

Det Insp Drinnen said the child was reported missing on Monday to Moreton Police after the Redcliffe father failed to "turn up on custody arrangements".

He said the mother of the child was reportedly concerned for the child's safety and "welfare checks" were undertaken before he was reported as a missing person.

Det Insp Drinnen said there was prior domestic violence instances reported between the man and woman who were in a relationship but had separated.

He was unaware if the couple had any other children together.

The body of a child and man were found in the red Holden Commodore off Roys Rd, Coochin Creek.
The body of a child and man were found in the red Holden Commodore off Roys Rd, Coochin Creek.

The mother had been notified and was "distraught".

"It's very distressing for family, first responders, those locating them and emergency crews," Det Insp Drinnen said.

"This kind of case is not common and the fact domestic violence lead to tragic death of child."

Investigations were still under way on the cause of death for both victims. No weapons were found in the car.

Det Insp Drinnen would not disclose if the man left any reason for his actions saying police were working through the scene and would provide later details on "what was on his mind".

Sunshine Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit were leading the investigation.

The victims had not been formally identified.

UPDATE 10.30AM: Police have released that the child found murdered in a car on the Sunshine Coast was just six months old.

Sunshine Coast Police were at the crime scene this morning with forensic detectives expected to enter the scene in the next half an hour.

Police investigate a suspected murder-suicide on the Sunshine Coast.
Police investigate a suspected murder-suicide on the Sunshine Coast.

The bodies are yet to be formally identified.

At this stage, detectives are treating the death of the child as suspicious and the man's death as non-suspicious.
Investigations are continuing.

10AM: Council workers found the bodies of a child, believed murdered, and a man inside a vehicle on the Sunshine Coast this morning.

There is a heavy police presence at the murder scene, located on Roys Rd, Coochin Creek.

Police are directing vehicles away from the area.

Detectives from the Child Protection Unit are treating the matter as a murder-suicide.

The man are child are believed to be from the Redcliffe area.

9AM: The bodies of a man and a child were found dead in a car this morning, with police investigating a possible murder-suicide.

The red Holden Commodore wagon was located on Roys Rd, Coochin Creek about 8am.

Police say the two come from Redcliffe and the incident is domestic violence related.

A crime scene has been established around the vehicle.



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