Two bodies found in ‘large metal box’ following disappearance of Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru
Two bodies have been found inside a “large metal box” in a dam in Brisbane’s south during the search for missing Logan pair Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru.
A police spokesman wouldn’t confirm if bodies had been found however he said police had been searching for a steel box about 2m x 5m, which had since been found at a Kingston address.
At a press conference earlier today Detective Supt Dave Hutchinson stated: “We have located just after 8am this morning a large metal box submerged in one of the dams.“
“We’re still in the process of removing that box. It’s still in the dam at this point so we haven’t been able to open the box however we do fear that the box will contain the bodies of the two missing persons.”
A large scale police search has been under-way today at Mudgee st, Kingston near Scrubby Creek for the missing two.
The remains will be subject to post-mortem examinations and positive identification.
Six people have been charged with murder following an investigation into the disappearance the two.
Two men and a woman charged with murder made a brief appearance in court this morning.
Lawyers for Webbstar Latu, 31, Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata, 21, and Ngatokoona Mareti, 36, described them as ‘associates’ and not friends during court.
Mareti’s lawyer said she was ‘devastated and shocked’.
A 24-year-old Logan Central man, another 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old man of no fixed address have also been charged with two counts of murder.
The lawyer for one of the people charged, a 36-year-old woman, said she has seven children.
Overnight four people assisted police following the mysterious disappearance of the south east Queensland pair.
Two men were arrested after police intercepted a vehicle on the Gateway Motorway at Belmont just before 5pm yesterday.
Police allegedly located a quantity of methylamphetamine during a search of the vehicle.
A spokesman said the three were assisting police with their inquiries into the disappearance of Breton, 28, and Triscaru, 31.
The two had been missing for more than two weeks.
A search operation conducted by specialist police will be continuing today at a location off Mudgee Street, Kingston.
Detectives also spoke with 23-year-old Lelan Harrington, who was reported missing on January 25, one day after his friends vanished.
Initially police were searching for all three, however Mr Harrington was found safe at a Logan home on Tuesday.
Two crime scenes had been set up in the suburb of Kingston, including one at Mr Harrington’s home.
On Wednesday, police divers and helicopters searched bushland but failed to locate any traces of the missing pair.
Police were also seeking dashcam video from the Cleveland ferry terminal carpark between January 24-26.
A silver Mitsubishi Pajero which belonged to Mr Breton was found in the carpark after he disappeared.
Mr Breton reportedly discussed going on a holiday to Stradbroke Island before he vanished.
$3000 was also withdrawn from his bank account before he disappeared, according to police.
Police have appealed for information in relation to this investigation and are seeking public assistance in relation to the movements of a dark green 1999 Toyota Hilux utility, Queensland Registration 684 VEP on the evening of 24 January 2016.
Ms Triscaru’s mother, told media on Tuesday her daughter was ‘a very good girl and a very good mum’.
“I’d be happy with just one call saying ‘Mama, I’m still alive’. That’s it,” she said.
Mr Breton’s partner, Miranda, also told media she had a ‘gut feeling’ and it was ‘not very good’.
In a statement released to 7 News the family stated: “Iuliana Triscaru was kind hearted and generous. Always smiling, she had a positive attitude towards life and loved her children more than anything. To know that she is no longer in life because she was murdered is extremely shocking, disturbing and very sad.”
The bodies of two people have been found locked in a large metal box that had been submerged in a dam at Kingston, south of Brisbane.
Police believe the bodies to be those of Cory Breton, 28, and Iuliana Triscaru, 31, who were reported missing last month.
The box was taken to Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre for forensic examination and found to contain the remains of two people.
Post mortems are being carried out to identify the pair.
A third person who had been reported missing, Lelan Harrington, was found alive on Tuesday.
The trio’s disappearance, and the motive behind the suspected murder of Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru, was “probably” drug related, police said.
Six people charged with two counts of murder
Six people – five men and one woman – were charged with murder on Wednesday night following an investigation into the pair’s disappearance.
Davy Malu Junion Taiao, Stou Daniels, Trent Michael Thrupp, all 22, Webbstar Latu, 31, Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata, 24, and 36-year-old Ngatokoona Maretti all face two counts of murder.
They were remanded in custody during a hearing at Brisbane Magistrates Court and will face court next month.
Lawyer Andrew Owens, who is representing Maretti, said she was a mother of seven and desperate to get back to her children.
Mr Owens said he did think Maretti knew the victims but was yet to receive formal instructions.
“I don’t think friends but more associates, but it’s really early days to see what her involvement is really,” he said.
He said his client was in shock but would fight the charges and apply for bail at a later stage.
Police looking for two more people
Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police were still looking for two other people as part of the investigation but they were not suspects.
“One is a 32-year-old male from Crestmead and the other is a 25-year-old male who was residing at the Dewer Street unit,” he said.
“We are looking for these people to speak with them – we believe they can assist us with our enquiries.
“We would encourage them to come in and speak with us now.
“Circumstances have changed, a number of people are in custody and we would ask those people to come forward and speak with the police.
“The motive is something we’re still looking at but we suspect that it probably will be drug related.”
Reports of two bodies found as police search for missing Logan pair
UPDATE: TWO bodies have been found in a metal box that was sunk in a dam south of Brisbane.
The two bodies are yet to be identified but police fear they are the remains of Cory Breton, 28, and Iulian Triscaru, 31, who have been missing since January 24.
Police made the grim discovery in the Logan suburb of Kingston, behind an equipment hire property near Scrubby Creek.
Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police were still establishing a motive for the suspected murders.
“The motive is something we’re still looking at. We suspect that it probably will be drug-related,” he said.
The discovery of the 2m-long box, believed to contain the remains of Mr Breton, 28, and mother-of-three Ms Triscaru, 31, came just hours after police charged six people with their murders.
Two of those people were arrested after armed police intercepted their BMW on Gateway Motorway at Belmont, southeast of Brisbane, before 5pm Wednesday.
Police charged six people — five men and one woman — with two counts of murder. They are Davy Malu Junior Taiao, 21, Stou Daniels, 21, Trent Michael Thrupp, 22, Webbstar Latu, 31, Tuhirangi-Thomas Tahiata, 24 and Ngatokoona Maretti, 36.
The Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday morning remanded all six people in custody. They will next face court on March 21.
Lawyer Alan Phillips, who represented three of the accused, said it was too early to comment when approached by waiting media outside court.
Detectives are still searching for two men, aged 32 and 25, who they want to question over the pair’s suspected murders.
Police are also looking for a 1999 Toyota HiLux ute they believe was used to transport the box, and two fluorescent yellow ratchet straps used to tie it down.
Supt Hutchinson said the family of Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru were “devastated”.
“This is something that has occurred very quickly, obviously it’s just evolved over the last couple of nights, and how the realisation will be hitting everybody of what has occurred.”
He said detectives have worked 24 hours a day on the case.
Earlier, police set up two crime scenes in the Logan suburb of Kingston, including at the home of 23-year-old Lelan Harrington, who had disappeared along with Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru but was found safe and well on Tuesday.
Police said Mr Breton and Ms Triscaru have been missing since January 24.
On Wednesday, police divers, dogs and a helicopter scoured dams, a creek and bushland around the site but failed to discover any trace of the missing pair.
Concerned neighbours near the bushland said their children often went swimming in the dams that surrounded their property.
“We’ve lived here for 30 years and we have never seen anything like this,” Janina Poom told the Courier Mail.
“We’re at the end of the street so we get a lot of hoons and the like, but that’s about it.”
A silver Mitsubishi Pajero belonging to Mr Breton was discovered in the carpark of the Cleveland ferry terminal following his disappearance.
He had reportedly discussed going on holiday to Stradbroke Island before he went missing.
He also withdrew $3000 just days before his disappearance, police said.
Ms Triscaru’s mother, Victoria, fronted the media on Tuesday in a public appeal for help to find her daughter.
“I miss her. She’s a very good girl and a very good mum,” she said. “The kids ask me all the time, ‘Where Mummy, where Mummy?’
“I’d be happy with just one call saying, ‘Mama, I’m still alive.’ That’s it.”
Mr Breton’s partner, Miranda, has told reporters of her fears. “Unfortunately, my gut feeling is not very good,” she said.
“Nothing adds up … it’s like a big puzzle that’s missing a lot of pieces.”
Miranda said Cory had dropped her at the airport as she headed to Newcastle in NSW to visit family. “That was the last time we spoke,” she said.
“He seemed in good spirits. He was talking about starting work with a mate of his that I know who runs a company in trade work of some description.
“I’ve got a million and one scenarios running through my mind as to what may have happened but I just want to know that he’s OK.
“It’s breaking us all that he’s missing — we’ve got a three-year-old daughter who is wondering where he is.
“He didn’t seem to be in trouble.”
Supt Hutchison said on Tuesday: “It’s every possibility they could be in fear for some unknown reason and have gone into hiding.
“There has been suggestion that some of them have decided to start a new life.
“All these are rumours.”
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