The frantic scan for a Queensland mother-of-two has finished in catastrophe, with her body discovered ‘wrapped in covers’ and dumped in a remote river.
Police are treating the demise of 42-year-old Donna Louise Steele, who was discovered dead in bushland north of Cooktown on Sunday, as murder.
In any case, police won’t affirm media reports that her body was discovered wrapped up and dumped in a secluded rivulet at Leggett’s Intersection, north of Cooktown.
Ms Steele was most recently seen at a Cooktown store on Wednesday, having been recognized the day preceding at a nearby procession stop.
Her companion Kath Pennell revealed to The Cairns Post the remote group is in stun.
‘I am devastated to the point that I can scarcely talk. I will state she was a delightful mother and companion,’ she said.
‘She cherished her kids to such an extent. I can’t trust somebody has done this to her.’
Far North police Det Insp Geoff Bog told the paper a few wrongdoing scenes had been built up at the intersection and different destinations around Cooktown, with expert legal officers sent to the scene.