Hunt on for Dulcie killer
IPSWICH police last night confirmed that they now believe missing mum Dulcie Birt has been murdered and her body disposed of at a location yet to be discovered.
As they formally opened a murder investigation yesterday, police revealed that new evidence had led them to believe the 31-year-old was dead.
Dulcie Birt was last seen at her home in Old Ipswich Road, Riverview, at 8.30pm on Wednesday, October 21.
She was seen leaving the property in a green 1998 Mitsubishi Triton ute, which was later recovered and examined by police.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Armitt, officer in charge at Ipswich CIB, told The Queensland Times: “As a result of our investigation, evidence has come to light that has led us to believe Dulcie was murdered.
“The evidence includes witness statements and forensic evidence obtained, including vital evidence found in a Mitsubishi ute.”
The murder investigation, codenamed Operation Hotel Solemn, is being jointly run by Ipswich detectives and officers from State Crime Operations Command’s Homicide Investigation Unit.
Detective Acting Superintendent Michael Niland said officers were following a “firm line of inquiry”, but said they still needed people with information about the mother-of-three’s disappearance and death to contact them.
“We have received a lot of information from the public throughout this investigation and continue appeal to anyone who may have information regarding Ms Birt’s suspected murder to contact us.”
Police are especially interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen the ute around the Riverview area on the night of her disappearance, including bushland opposite Old Ipswich Road.
The area is known by locals as the Riverview old mine bushland or Greenlakes.
Police and SES volunteers spent several days earlier this month scouring the bushland between Riverview and New Chum looking for Ms Birt.
Police divers checked most of the 34 bodies of water in the area, including sending divers down into the depths of Greenlakes – an extremely deep old open cut mine filled with water.
Detectives yesterday also released CCTV images of Dulcie as he visited the Westpac Bank branch at Booval Fair shopping centre on the afternoon of her disappearance.
A major investigation room has been set up at the Yamanto Police Station for officers working on the investigation.
They were due to release more information regarding the case at a press conference today.
Anyone with information that could assist police can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.