Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

BODYPULLED FROM CREEK Discovery Shakes Up Quiet Mt Crosby; Detectives Fear Dead Woman Is Allison

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

BODYPULLED FROM CREEK Discovery Shakes Up Quiet Mt Crosby; Detectives Fear Dead Woman Is Allison

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Byline: Andrew korner andrew.korner@qt.com.au

POLICE believe a dead body found in a creek north-east of Ipswich yesterday is that of missing woman Allison Baden-Clay.

A canoeist discovered the body in Kholo Creek, underneath Mt Crosby Rd, about 11am yesterday.

A large section of Mt Crosby Rd Co stretching from Tanderra Way in the west to Hawkesbury Rd in the east Co was blocked as detectives began an investigation into what they called an C[pounds sterling]unlawful homicideC[yen].

Although the body was yet to be formally identified last night, police confirmed the deceased was wearing clothes that appeared to be similar to those worn by Mrs Baden-Clay on the night she was last seen 12 days ago.

Metropolitan North Chief Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said specialist water police, forensic officers and murder detectives were at the scene.

Asked if the body was Mrs Baden-Clay's, he answered: C[pounds sterling]I must stress that it is not a positive confirmation, however we are treating it very seriously that it is her.

C[pounds sterling]The person is subject to a recovery process and formal identification to confirm it is the missing person that we have been looking for over the last 11 days.

C[pounds sterling]The search patterns are continuing in this area and a further decision will be made about further searches of areas in the next few hours.C[yen]

Mrs Baden-Clay was a 43-year-old mother of three and former Ipswich Girls Grammar School vice-head girl who graduated in 1985.

Her parents, Geoff and Priscilla Dickie, are former Ipswich residents.

Late last week they made a passionate plea for information regarding their daughter, who was reported missing from her Brookfield home by her husband Gerard about 7.30am on April 20.

Mr Baden-Clay, a Brisbane real estate agent, says he last saw his wife at home watching television about 10pm on April 19. …

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