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ALLISON Baden-Clay’s cause of death may remain a closely guarded secret until her killer is charged after investigating officers yesterday ruled out releasing the key detail.
How Mrs Baden-Clay died has been one of the primary questions since her body was discovered under the Kholo Creek bridge at Anstead on April 30, 11 days after she was last seen alive in her Brookfield home.
Police commonly withhold the cause of death in murder investigations and yesterday said they would not be officially commenting on how Mrs Baden-Clay died.
“We won’t be releasing any details in relation to the cause of death at all,” Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said yesterday.
But shortly after the grim discovery of her body police had clear views on how Mrs Baden-Clay died, people close to the case have told The Sunday Mail.
It is understood Mrs Baden-Clay’s body was cleared for release for burial only a day after she was found, with police confident they had the information they needed.
In other developments, Mrs Baden-Clay’s husband, Gerard, is yet to gain formal approval for a relocation of his Century 21 Westside franchise from Taringa to Toowong.
In a rare public comment since his wife’s death, Mr Baden-Clay last week said it was “business as usual” in the new location.
However Century 21 owner Charles Tarbey yesterday said he was yet to receive the required application to relocate the business.
Mr Tarbey – who last week told The Sunday Mail he had spoken to Mr Baden-Clay a number of times since his wife disappeared – gave a routine statement to detectives in Brisbane on Friday.
Police also declined to comment on reports that NSW detectives had interviewed a Sydney woman who met Mr Baden-Clay at a Gold Coast real estate conference.
Investigations continue from Indooroopilly police station. Supt Ainsworth confirmed: “The major incident room is still continuing to run.”
Clues to the mystery
POLICE are sifting through key clues as evidence mounts in the hunt to find Allison Baden-Clay’s killer.
The cars belonging to the murdered 43-year-old mother-of-three and her husband Gerard Baden-Clay remain impounded and police are still keen to speak to anyone who might have seen either the white Toyota Prado or silver Holden Captiva or similar cars around the time Mrs Baden-Clay disappeared.
Several questions and alleged discrepancies still remain in the murder investigation, including the timing of her walk, screams heard by residents in another part of Brookfield shortly after she was last seen alive and whether her body was moved by heavy rains or dumped where she was found under the Mt Crosby bridge at Kholo Creek in Anstead.
Mr Baden-Clay has remained tight-lipped about the events surrounding his wife’s disappearance and subsequent murder but said she had not been upset the last time he saw her, which was at their Brookfield home at 10pm on Thursday, April 19.
It’s understood he organised for his sister Olivia Walton to fly down from Townsville this weekend and is receiving ongoing help and support from other family and friends, particularly as he struggles to keep his Century 21 real estate business going and raise his three daughters.
Through his lawyer, Mr Baden-Clay has repeatedly refused to publicly discuss or even clarify the circumstances of his wife’s disappearance.
On the day she was last seen alive, Mrs Baden-Clay reportedly had her hair done and looked really well.
The following day, on Friday, April 20, she had a full itinerary, including a work forum in the city and had planned to drop her three daughters off to a slumber party that night.
Police are confident Mrs Baden-Clay knew her killer but are investigating the possibility he or she received help from an accomplice.
Police and Corrective Services Minister Jack Dempsey said he understood the widespread interest in the case and applauded the efforts of police and emergency officers so far.
“The community has taken that investigation to their hearts,” he said.
“We’ll make sure everything is done properly and they (police) know that all of the state’s behind them.”
Anyone with information on the disappearance and murder should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police believe the key to solving the murder lies in clues around these 5 specific areas of interest
Please read this before you go on to read the rest and comment though folks!
I would personally like to make a plea to those of you who choose to make comments, to do so with due consideration to the circumstances surrounding this case and the 3 wonderful little girls lives have been destroyed.
WE all want answers and certainly Justice for Allison Baden-Clay and her family and we can honour her memory by trying to stay respectful of each other on here, whether or not you have formed an opinion on who is the guilty and who are not. Lots of ordinary folks like me and you have dedicated a lot of time to sit down and share themselves so we can have a collective place to delve into the who, where’s and whys of such a terrible crime.
WE are not judge or jury, that is obvious, and each and every one of you is entitled to say what you think, all I’m asking is NO PERSONAL ATTACKS, agree to disagree, and if it needs to be, just do not interact with a commenter you feel uneasy or judged by. You are welcome to contact me with any concerns as I will be stamping my foot down on the type of personal attack that sends valued contributors away and anyone found with multiple names/pseudonyms or resigns as a “New person” will be BANNED… I can see NO legit reason to pretend to be another (new) contributor etc. behave and you can be who you are simple…
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