A 55-year-old man has been charged with murder after his wife, who he was separated from, was found dead on a residential road on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The 51-year-old mother of three was found by a member of the public on Arthur Payne Court at Worongary about 10:45pm on Sunday.
She was pronounced dead at the scene and police immediately treated her death as suspicious.
On Monday afternoon, police laid a murder charge against a 55-year-old Ashmore man.
He is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Earlier, Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said an incident command centre had been set up.
“There’s a crime scene set up where the body was found and there’s another crime scene further up the road at another residence from which the deceased female has come from,” he said.
“There is no recorded issues of domestic violence in relation to the deceased female and a male person who is helping us with the investigations.”
Detective Inspector Hogan said the man and woman were married but had been separated “for some time”.
“At this stage — it’s still very early in the investigation — we still have to ascertain all the circumstances as to what the relationship … may have been like,” he said.
He said there were no domestic violence orders in place.
“There is no issue or recording of DV between he and her on our system at this stage,” he said.
Detective Inspector Hogan said the woman was a mother of three — the youngest child is aged in their early teens while the other two are aged in their early-20s.
“As best as I can say right now the children were at the house, which is some distance from where the deceased person was located,” he said.
The man was found in a wooded area in the dark and was receiving medical treatment at the Robina Hospital.
Detective Inspector Hogan said the man “had injuries which were probably consistent with maybe walking through the bush”.
“From what I understand they’re certainly not life-threatening — it’s not anything that’s terribly significant,” he said.
He said police and the State Emergency Service (SES) were searching for a possible weapon, but did not yet know what the weapon was.
“At this stage there are indications there has been head trauma,” he said.