How a police call-out solved the ‘puzzle’ behind the stabbing death of a of a lovable personal trainer – as a man and woman are arrested
- A 40-year-old woman and 42-year-old man had been taken into custody
- The pair were each charged with a count of murder in the death of Mark Carson
- It’s alleged a violent altercation between the pair and Carson ended his life
- The personal trainer was found dead at his Pacific Haven, Qld, home on April 3
A call for information from the public helped police solve a ‘puzzle’ when two people were arrested this morning and charged with one count each of murder in the violent death of a personal trainer.
The arrests follow an investigation in which the man, 42, and woman, 40, had spoken to police a number of times and offered assistance ‘to a point’ in relation to the death of Mark Carson on April 3.
Queensland Police had last week made a renewed call for any information about the death of Mr Carson, 58, leading to the execution of a search warrant at a Maryborough residence.
A man and a woman known to Mr Carson were arrested in connection with his violent death
Police believe Mr Carson died hours before they received the emergency call
The 42-year-old man is taken into custody at Maryborough Police Station, Queensland
The 40-year-old woman under arrest. She and the man arrested were known to Mr Carson
Police allege the pair were involved in an altercation with Mr Carson, a personal trainer and volunteer firefighter, during which he sustained fatal injuries.
In the early days of the investigation, police said Mr Carson died from a severe wound he suffered in a physical fight with the pair at his Pacific Haven residence, near Hervey Bay.
‘We hope today’s arrests bring some closure to Mark Carson’s family,’ Detective Senior Sergeant David Harbison, Officer-in-Charge of the Maryborough CIB, said. He acknowledged that critical information provided by the local community had helped bring about the arrests.
Detectives had previously described the investigation into Mr Carson’s death as a ‘puzzle’.
Officers found his body after the 42-year-old man called triple zero at 12:08pm on Saturday, April 3.
Police believe Mr Carson might have died hours before that call was made, having established that the couple arrived at the home about 8am.
Detectives had earlier called for information from anyone who saw the couple’s light blue four-door 2011 Hyundai Accent sedan near Mr Carson’s home between 8am and about midday.
Police earlier released a CCTV photo of the couple’s light blue four-door 2011 Hyundai Accent sedan near Mr Carson’s home in the quest for more information
Mr Carson’s UK relatives had posted a number of online tributes to the volunteer firie
A number of Mr Carson’s UK relatives had earlier posted tributes to Mr Carson on Facebook.
‘My beautiful brother, I will love you for always my heart is breaking. RIP Lion Heart,’ wrote his sister Loretta.
‘My amazing, gentle and big-hearted brother,’ wrote Donna Carson, another sister. ‘I will not rest until the evil people that did this to you are brought to justice. I hope you’re now at peace. Forever in our hearts and thoughts. Love you.’
The man and woman are expected to appear in Maryborough Magistrates Court tomorrow.