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Body discovered in Alderley apartment building basement car park revealed as female

Body found underneath an apartment building is a woman as neighbours reveal the ‘unsettling’ comments they heard a resident say

  • Police remain at complex where partially buried human remains were found
  • Cleaners unearthed grim discovery in a locked area behind besser block wall
  • Remains ‘very tightly wrapped’ covered in clothing and bedding to hide smell
  • Detectives said the investigation would likely be complex and lengthy
  • On Friday, forensic examinations revealed the body is that of a woman 

A body found partially buried in the basement carpark of a Brisbane apartment building is female, detectives have revealed.

The grim discovery was made by cleaners in the suburb of Alderley about 10.45am on Wednesday in a locked section behind a besser block wall. 

‘Forensic examinations… have confirmed the deceased to be female,’ Queensland Police said on Friday.

One neighbour in the apartment building said he remembered a fiery argument which police were now looking into. 

Resident Allan Batzloff said on Thursday that he recalled a ‘heat-of-the-moment argument’ between two men at the complex months earlier.

‘I did hear a few things … somebody making threats to somebody a few months ago,’ Mr Batzloff told ABC News.

 Homicide detectives remain at the scene where a partially buried body was found under a unit complex in Brisbane’s north

The complex car park remained cordoned off on Thursday hours after the grim discovery of 'tightly wrapped' human remains

The complex car park remained cordoned off on Thursday hours after the grim discovery of ‘tightly wrapped’ human remains 

‘I don’t know what personal relationship it was, but a guy said, ‘I’m going to get my revenge on you, I’m going to get you’, that sort of thing.’

Mr Batzloff said the whole incident was ‘a bit unsettling’.

‘I didn’t think anything of it at the time until yesterday. Now the police are asking me to clarify a bit more about what happened.’

Another resident Scott Morton said the building’s occupants were shaken up over discovery.

The building’s regular cleaner Amanda Early said she had not heard anything suspicious bet felt ‘devastated’ for the contracted cleaners who found the body while doing a larger clean in the unused area. 

They are reportedly upset and traumatised by the shocking discovery.

Queensland Police said the post mortem would be continued on Friday as the examination of the crime scene is completed. 

The cleaners were traumatised by the grim discovery of partially buried human remains (pictured, police at the Alderley complex)

The cleaners were traumatised by the grim discovery of partially buried human remains (pictured, police at the Alderley complex)

Forensic samples taken from the scene have already been sent for urgent testing, including fingerprint analysis from a number of items located.

Investigators are also continuing a review of various missing persons reports.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Massingham said it was ‘quite concerning’ that the body had gone unnoticed for ‘some months’.

‘The large number of people, residents of this unit block, are quite unaware of that occurrence,’ he said.

Residents of the unit block had not reported any smell or any other suspicion and the body was ‘very tightly wrapped’ and covered in clothing and bedding, he said.

Officers are working to identify the person and the circumstances surrounding their death.

Detectives are seeking information from previous tenants and an investigation centre for Operation Uniform Pepperina has been set up at the Hendra police station.

‘Whoever … has put the person there have attempted to conceal the body fairly unsuccessfully,’ he said.

‘(They) have taken great care to wrap the body up in a certain way and preserve it. They’ve also transported it to an area that’s not readily accessible.

Cleaners were upset and traumatised by the shocking discovery (pictured police at the scene)

 Cleaners were upset and traumatised by the shocking discovery (pictured police at the scene)

‘Whether it was their intention to leave it there, or come and get it at some later time and they simply haven’t, is part of what we’ll be looking at.’

Superintendent Massingham said it would take some time for police to complete their investigation.

‘These types of homicide investigations can be complex and lengthy,’ he said.

‘We currently have dozens of missing persons reports that we are going through that has already commenced at the Hendra station.’

Police are also interviewing people at the complex and also want to speak to former residents.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

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