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Mystery as woman, 32, found dead on a highway near ‘dangerously’ parked car, driver in hospital

Mystery as woman, 32, is found dead on a major highway near a ‘dangerously’ parked car – as police try to find out what happened

  • Body of 32-year-old woman found near damaged car on Gold Coast highway
  • Parked ‘dangerously’ on the Pacific Motorway near Coomera on Saturday night
  • The police are asking for help from the public: Anyone with dashcam footage, step forward

A woman’s body was found near a damaged car parked on the verge of a major Queensland highway.

Police were called to the Gold Coast suburb of Coomera at 9:30 PM on Saturday after reports that a car had been parked ‘dangerously’ on the southern shoulder of the M1 Pacific Motorway near exit 54.

When they arrived, they discovered that the car had been damaged, so they searched the area and found the body of a 32-year-old woman ‘nearby’.

Live traffic camera shot (on Sunday) from exit 54 on the M1 Pacific Motorway near Coomera near where the car and body were found on Saturday night

Live traffic camera shot (on Sunday) from exit 54 on the M1 Pacific Motorway near Coomera near where the car and body were found on Saturday night

Picture: Exit 54 of the M1 Pacific Motorway in 2016. There is a Shell petrol station nearby

Picture: Exit 54 of the M1 Pacific Motorway in 2016. There is a Shell petrol station nearby

Picture: Exit 54 of the M1 Pacific Motorway in 2016. There is a Shell petrol station nearby

“Investigations are now underway to determine the circumstances of the death,” police said in a press statement on Sunday.

The driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old male, was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

The Gold Coast Bulletin said the body was found by Polair, using infrared cameras, about 2.5 miles from the parked car between exit 49 and 54 of the highway.

Queensland police were unable to confirm this report on Sunday evening.

The woman reportedly walked along the side of the highway before being hit, but this could not be confirmed.

Police want public help: footage from dashcam along a 4 km stretch of exits 49 to 54 southbound from 8:30 PM to 9:40 PM on Saturday evening (stock image)

Police want public help: footage from dashcam along a 4 km stretch of exits 49 to 54 southbound from 8:30 PM to 9:40 PM on Saturday evening (stock image)

Police want public help: footage from dashcam along a 4 km stretch of exits 49 to 54 southbound from 8:30 PM to 9:40 PM on Saturday evening (stock image)

Exit 54 southbound is just above the Shell Coomera. The body was found nearby, police said

Exit 54 southbound is just above the Shell Coomera. The body was found nearby, police said

Exit 54 southbound is just above the Shell Coomera. The body was found nearby, police said

The driver was taken by police for questioning after he was released from hospital on Sunday morning, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

Police told Daily Mail Australia that no charges had been filed as of Sunday evening and the case is still under investigation.

It is not known if the driver of the car knew the woman, but it is believed that the car was registered at an NSW address.

The Forensic Crash Unit is leading the investigation, and the police have appealed to the public for help.

Anyone with dashcam footage of the 2.5-mile stretch of highway between exits 49 to 54, heading south on the M1 Pacific Motorway between 8:30 PM and 9:40 PM on Saturday, is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1800 333 000.

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