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Donna Howe found dead in Glass House Mountains as couple charged with murder

Couple charged with murder as police confirm human remains hidden in dense Queensland bush belong to woman who went missing in April

  • Police confirm man and woman have been charged with murder
  • Donna Howe, 57, was last seen by her family in Caboolture in late April
  • Four-wheelers found the human remains in the Sunshine Coast hinterland
  • Two men drove on a remote track in the Glass House Mountains on Tuesday

A man and woman have been charged with murder two days after a skeleton was discovered by four-wheel drivers, who came across the remains while exploring a remote forest trail.

Queensland Police on Thursday confirmed that two people from Caboolture – a 41-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman – had been arrested after the woman’s body was found in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Police allege the couple killed Donna Howe, 57, before being moved to the track in Glass House Mountains National Park.

Ms Howe was last seen by her family in Caboolture in late April and had been missing for over a month.

Despite an extensive search by the police at the time, she could not be found.

Police allege that the couple, who are due to appear in court on Thursday for murder and misconduct involving a corpse, knew Ms Howe before she died.

Two four-wheelers found the remains on Tuesday while driving on the remote forest path.

A crime scene was declared and the remains were sent to a lab in Brisbane, which confirmed they belonged to Ms Howe.

Four-wheelers accidentally tripped over a skeleton on a remote track in the Sunshine Coast hinterland (pictured)

Four-wheelers accidentally tripped over a skeleton on a remote track in the Sunshine Coast hinterland (pictured)

Queensland Police Officer Senior Sergeant Craig Mansfield said a lighter had been found near the body.

“Looks like there are at least some charred areas,” he said.

“But we’re just trying to determine if it’s just decomposition . . . there’s no extensive fire zone, so we’re not ruling that out.”

An incident center was established at the Maroochydore Police Station in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Police to work with other specialist officers.

Glass House Mountains is a rural hinterland town in the Sunshine Coast with a population of 5,065 people as recorded in the 2016 Census.

The mountains are popular with tourists and locals alike who seek bush walks, climbs and four-wheel drives on the picturesque trails.

Police have since declared a crime scene on the remote track, with early Tuesday investigations showing remains discovered to be humans (stock image)

Police have since declared a crime scene on the remote track, with early Tuesday investigations showing remains discovered to be humans (stock image)

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