Rockhampton man Robert Martinez.
Rockhampton man Robert Martinez. Contributed

New clue in murder investigation of Barnett and Martinez duo

ANOTHER tiny piece of the puzzle has come together for police investigating the murder of Rockhampton's Chantal Barnett and Robert Martinez.

Following a press conference yesterday where it was revealed police had uncovered items of interest, Detective Acting Inspector Scott Moon said they had some really positive information from the public.

"They didn't think it was important until they saw the media conference," he said.

"But that tiny piece of information could prove very important."

He also praised The Bulletin for opening up the debate on its website, saying it was great to see the investigation was being kept in the public eye and that people were continuing to talk about it.

A search of a cabin at the Parkhurst Country Club caravan park on Thursday unearthed items of interest for police, but they were unable to disclose what those items were.

"Those items will be forensically examined, which does take some time, so we are hopeful of receiving some results, Det Act Insp Moon said."

A different area of that caravan park was searched in May last year, but he could not comment on the link.

"We have a tireless team of detectives from homicide and the CIB working on this matter around the clock," he said. "We are tireless in our attempts to resolve this matter and we'll continue to be relentless in the pursuit of these forensic examinations."

It has been just under a year since the couple went missing, and since then more than 300 people have been interviewed by police.

"We are confident that we have spoken to the person or persons responsible for the murders of Robert and Chantal, and we will continue until we resolve it," Det Act Insp Moon said.

He encouraged people to continue coming forward with information.

"The message that I put out there to the people responsible for this is we will not give up; we will continue until we resolve it."

"I take my hat off to the families. Both of the families daily wake up in the morning without their children.

"They want answers. They want to know where their children are, so we will keep going until we can provide those answers."

 

UPDATE 9.50AM: FORENSIC examinations of a Parkhurst cabin have unearthed items of interest for police looking into the disappearance of Chantal Barnett and Robert Martinez.

Detective Acting Inspector Scott Moon said police were pleased with the resulted obtained from unit 26 at the Country Club caravan park, which was searched last night.

"We're pleased with the results obtained from that address," he said.

"We had a full forensic examination conducted of that cabin and there were items of interest to us located.

Those items will be forensically examined, which does take some time, so we are hopeful of receiving some results."

A different area of that caravan park was searched in May last year, but Det Act Insp Moon could not comment on the link.

Due to a technical glitch, you will need to use headphones to hear the sound recorded in the video.

He was also unable to reveal what the items of interest were, but added that forensic examinations can take anywhere from weeks to months.

"We have a tireless team of detectives from homicide and the CIB working on this matter around the clock," he said.

"We are tireless in our attempts to resolve this matter and we'll continue to be relentless in the pursuit of these forensic examinations."

It has been just under a year since the couple went missing, and since then over 300 people have been interviewed by police.

"We are confident that we have spoken to the person or persons responsible for the murders of Robert and Chantal, and we will continue until we resolve it," Act Det Insp Moon said.

"We are confident we are moving forward in the investigation and we are happy with the progress being made."

He encouraged people to continue coming forward with information, and said they receive new leads every day.

"The message that I put out there to the people responsible for this is we will not give up, we will continue until we resolve it."

"I take my hat off to the families. Both of the families daily wake up in the morning without their children.

"They want answers, they want to know where their children are, so we will keep going until we can provide those answers."

Police were at the cabin until 11pm last night.

A technical glitch has left no sound recorded during the Live Video streaming of this morning's press conference.

The Bulletin apologises for any inconvenience.

UPDATE 8.50AM: POLICE are expected to give an update into the investigation of missing Rockhampton duo Chantal Barnett and Robert Martinez about 9am today.

The update comes after forensic scientists suited up yesterday afternoon to examine cabin 26 at Parkhurst's Country Club, which could hold the key to a Rockhampton murder investigation that has played out for almost a year.

Focus on the murder investigation of Chantal Barnett and Robert Martinez yesterday shifted back to the country club, in Yaamba Rd, where forensic officers suited up to examine cabin 26.

More than six months ago, investigators searched a cabin near number 26 for clues to the whereabouts of the Rockhampton pair.

Since they went missing in early March last year, police have only found personal items, including a wallet and clothing, belonging to Chantal and Robert.

Acting District Inspector Scott Moon said police were relentless in their search for Chantal and Robert.

"With any of these investigations we keep looking at it and keep investigating until we're satisfied," he said.

He also said the owners of the caravan park had been very helpful to police.

Police first searched a unit at the Country Club in May last year.

Police will be releasing more details on the investigation this morning.

3.50PM Thursday: FOCUS in the homicide investigation of Chantal Barnett and Robert Martinez has shifted back to a Parkhurst caravan park.

A forensic team began a thorough examination of a unit at the Country Club caravan park at 3.30pm this afternoon.

Detective Acting Inspector Scott Moon said they have been relentless in the investigation.

"With any of these investigations we keep looking at it and keep investigating until we're satisfied," he said.

He also said the owners of the caravan park had been very helpful to police.

Police first searched a unit at the Country Club in May last year.



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