Handwritten note can be found 200 meters from a crash scene in which a mother and her four children were killed
A handwritten note 200 meters from the scene of a crash in which a mother and her four children were killed, prompted the police to treat the incident as a murder-suicide.
The note, presumably written by Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, was discovered near the scene of the horror accident north-west of Brisbane.
McLeod died immediately when the car she was driving collided with a truck on the Bunya Highway near Kumbia in Queensland, just after 7 p.m. on Monday.
The note, presumably written by Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35 (photo), was discovered close to the scene of the horror accident, northwest of Brisbane.
The discovery of the handwritten note on the road of the crash scene (photo) led the police to treat the incident as a murder-suicide
Her children Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4 and Zaidok, 2, also died in the inferno three hours away from their home in Hervey Bay.
Although it remains unclear why they were so far from home, the bill, together with the absence of support beams on the ground, resulted in the bringing of specialized officers and murder cases to the case, The Courier Mail reported.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart confirmed that the crash & # 39; absolutely & # 39; was investigated as a murder.
He said murder investigators treated the case as & # 39; there is a possibility that there was an intention for someone to die & # 39 ;.
There were no brake tracks on the wrong side of the road where Mrs. McLeod's car drove to the truck that crushed him and killed everyone inside.
Commissioner Stewart said it would take some time to reveal the cause of the crash and that the dead have not yet been added to the national road toll.
The police also don't know where Mrs. McLeod was going when the accident occurred, while the car was driving south along the highway, about three hours from home.
They believed the family was driving from the Bundaberg area, about 90 minutes north of Hervey Bay.
Chief Inspector Dave Johnson said earlier that officers look the case from & # 39; all angles & # 39; to determine the exact causal factors.
The police are still trying to figure out why Charmaine McLeod and her four children (three photos) were on Bunya Highway on Monday night, where they all died in a horror crash
Despite being part of a seemingly happy family, Ms. Harris McLeod made comments in online support groups about problems in her life, including her relationship breakdown.
On one occasion she wrote about the feeling & # 39; lost and only & # 39; while in another post she is answering a question about items she would save from a burning house.
& # 39; My children cannot be replaced, so I would save my children first & # 39 ;, she wrote.
The family would also have been involved in the Department of Child Safety, but the department declined to comment on this issue, The Courier Mail reported.
The kids' father and former McLeod partner, James McLeod, said there were no friends or family living in that area, and he had no idea why they were there at the time of the crash.
McLeod told Daily Mail Australia that there was a lot on Friday about the tragic accident that didn't make sense, but he waited for the police to bring it to a successful conclusion.
& # 39; Once the police investigation is complete, the story will explode again & # 39 ;, McLeod said.
McLeod and her children (photo) died after the car in which she was driving collided with a truck on the Bunya Highway near Kumbia in Queensland, just after 7 p.m. on Monday
Detectives say that McLeod & # 39; s car does not leave skidmarks on the highway, south of the exit for the Bunya Mountains, towards Dalby. Pictured: the scene
& # 39; I just want to wait for the facts and the police will report the facts & he said.
The first investigation showed that the squares had tried to overtake a truck by driving on the wrong side of the road when she hit a second truck at high speed at seven o'clock.
The McLeod truck also caught fire, but the driver, a 47-year-old man, escaped from the wreck and was taken to the hospital.
He got burned in his arms as he heroically tried to free the family from the car when it went up in flames.
Three of McLeod & # 39; s children could not be rescued and died in the back seat of the station wagon of the family, and a fourth child was rushed to the hospital, but died en route.
Supt. Johnson refused to go into detail on the case, but revealed that specialized investigators were included in the investigation and that officers had an & # 39; open mind & # 39; in their investigations.
& # 39; There is a further investigation regarding the positioning of the vehicle and why it was on the road at that time and where it was and what circumstances, if any, are known to the police regarding that issue, & # 39; he said.
Charmaine Harris McLeod & # 39; s children (from left to right) Wyatt, 4, Aaleyn, 6, Zaidok, 2, and Matilda, 5, also died in the fiery crash that occurred three hours from their home in Hervey Bay
Deeply sad father James McLeod (pictured with his children) on Wednesday remembered the last time he saw his children before the fatal accident and said he was waiting for the police to reveal what had happened to his family
& # 39; I understand that a whole series of researchers are involved and we will look at all possible actions and all … possibilities for causal factors. & # 39;
Mr. McLeod on Wednesday remembered the last time he saw his children before the fatal accident.
The grieving father told The Courier-Mail that it was the first time Zaidok told him that he loved him.
& # 39; Young Zaidok – he was just a little adventurer. A loving and kind boy, & McLeod said.
& # 39; The last guided visit I had with them, not last Saturday but on the previous Saturday, he actually said that he loves me, Daddy, to me. Just out of the blue. & # 39;
McLeod said his youngest & # 39; a great little boy & # 39; was developing well.
He said that all his children & # 39; beautiful souls & # 39; were loved by everyone they met at daycare, church, and school.
& # 39; Each of them had its own character. They were not all the same, & he said.
A 2017 family picnic with the four children and the former husband of McLeod, James and sister Katie
Rescuers described the crash as & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; and one of the worst scenes they have ever been to. The police have called in specialized investigators to investigate the circumstances of the crash
A few weeks before the tragic death of the family, McLeod claimed she was abandoned by her church when she needed it most.
Mrs. McLeod went to the Bayside Christian Church in Hervey Bay for 17 years every Sunday, until she left abruptly, then explained why they were in a Facebook post last month.
& # 39; I feel that if you can't comprehend or understand God / healing, when they think you should have, you just stay behind &, she wrote.
The single mother said she asked for support after her marriage failed in early 2018, but & # 39; very, very few & # 39; received.
& # 39; They were always too busy, no item of clothing or a piece of bread was offered, let alone protected … I feel like I did it alone & # 39 ;, she wrote.
& # 39; These are the things that Jesus did, he ate with the less fortunate. I asked for surgery, and yes, I have had many operations, but they don't – they do it for others. & # 39;
In the hours after Mrs. McLeod's death, friends accused the Bayside church of failing to help one of its members when she screamed for help & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I hope your church thinks about this and that she is no longer here for you (sic) to help her or her children & # 39 ;, one person wrote.
However, the church insisted that she do everything in her power to help her and that she offered many hours of support when she needed it.
& # 39; Until last week, people were in contact with Charmaine. Our door was always open to Charmaine when she needed help and that is new, & it replied.
& # 39; Unfortunately, people's lives and situations are not always black and white. We were always trying to reach Charmaine and help us as much as she would allow us. & # 39;
The church of Mrs. McLeod, who accused them of their lack of support in April, dedicated a memorial to the woman and wrote: & # 39; We will all miss them very much & # 39 ;, on the Facebook page
Charmaine McLeod, 35, died immediately on Monday evening when she was raiding a truck on the Bunya Highway near Kumbia, Queensland, along with her children (three pictured here). A 47-year-old truck driver escaped with minor injuries, but had burns to his arms
Bayside Church said McLeod was a personal friend of many church members who spent time with her during the week to provide support.
& # 39; We organized professional counseling for her, which she still attended regularly, we provided meals when needed, cared for her children, prayed with her many times, visited her at home, and the list goes on & # 39; she wrote.
& # 39; We can safely say that we could have done more, but frankly we were there for Charmaine when she needed us.
& # 39; We are all very sad and suffering from this tragic loss. Charmaine was a wonderful person with four incredible children. & # 39;
Much of the tribute to Mrs. McLeod who flooded the social media on Tuesday and Wednesday, emphasized her strong belief.
& # 39; Charmaine, you and your children have brought so much joy and pleasure to our church community in Bayside, praying for your family in this difficult time & # 39 ;, a person wrote.
The woman, 35, drove to South Burnett, Queensland at 7:20 pm when she withdrew to catch up with a truck. On the photo: the wreck of the truck
Police have taken more evidence of the scene since the crash that has expanded their investigation
Mrs. McLeod volunteered for the Youth in Search charity, which helped young people run a risk – some of them paid homage after her death.
A fundraising campaign set up by Mrs. McLeod's sister, Katie Harris, to pay for funeral expenses, raised more than $ 7,000, while the rest was donated to Youth in Search.
She and her husband moved from the parental home to Howard, west of Hervey Bay, in May, and in the following months she sold many assets via Facebook.
& # 39; I have had no problems at all, just for family reasons, & # 39; she wrote in a message that someone advertised to take over the lease.
Just a few days before the crash, she was looking for painting classes in Hervey Bay and surrounded her older daughter Ally.
Friends offered their love and support to Mr. McLeod on social media in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Shocked and heartbroken friends in her hometown of Hervey Bay, Queensland, paid homage in the hours after the catastrophic accident
& # 39; James McLeod I'm here for you … sorry for your four angels, & # 39; wrote a friend.
Friends and family flooded social media with their own tribute to the family and praised her selflessness in caring for her children.
& # 39; I have never seen a single mother, let alone four give up so much for their children & # 39 ;, wrote a friend.
& # 39; I can't believe what I woke up about this. I should never have happened. I am so frightened and hurt, this is so terrible, life is so unfair & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Those children were something else that I tell you and lived like princes and princesses for their short lives they had, but there was nothing materialistic about them they were just so happy and loved and their happiness came before everything. & # 39 ;
Another friend wrote: & # 39; You were always there for me when I needed a friend and you always gave me the kick-up I needed. I miss you. & # 39;
& # 39; You will always be in my heart & # 39 ;.
A neighbor, Gary Loweke, who mowed the grass in front of McLeod, said they were a friendly family and that the children often hop on the street or play with their bikes.
& # 39; It's a bloody disaster … that four kids waved at us every day as we passed, & # 39; said Mr. Loweke.
& # 39; Charmaine was friendly, she was very kind … she was very good with the children. If she were not there, her sister would be there, but she was never far from her family.
& # 39; They will be greatly missed on the street, all the houses around us had young children and they all played together.
& # 39; The smallest guy, he just sat there and when he saw you, he would get up where he was and give you the biggest wave. It's hard not to see that. & # 39;
& # 39; Those children were something else I tell you and lived like princes and princesses for their short lives they had, but there was nothing materialistic about them they were just so happy and loved and their happiness came before everything & # 39 ;, a friend said.
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