Case now suspected murder

Police wish to speak to Ian Hannaford about the disappearance of his ex- partner, Gail Lynch.
Police wish to speak to Ian Hannaford about the disappearance of his ex- partner, Gail Lynch.

THE Gail Lynch case is officially a suspected murder after forensic results produced clues the disappearance of the 55-year-old Warwick woman was no ordinary missing person's case.

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow addressed the media at the Warwick Police Station yesterday and reiterated police's request for information regarding the whereabouts of Ian Hannaford.

Mr Hannaford was the ex-partner of Ms Lynch, whose family say she met on an internet dating website.

Police interviewed Mr Hannaford on the night of Wednesday, July 11 and he has not been seen since.

"We don't think he has a motor vehicle as police seized his motor vehicle last week," Det Insp Shadlow said.

Forensic examiners seized his 2004 blue Ford Falcon sedan last week and scoured his Toowoomba unit.

While some test results are still pending, forensics have reason to believe Mr Hannaford is needed for further questioning to aid in their investigations.

"He is a person of interest at this stage and we would like to question him further," Det Insp Shadlow said.

After speaking with police on July 11, Mr Hannaford was not watched by police.

"He was released (from police custody) and we spoke to a number of other people, but since our investigation has now progressed, we would like to speak with him further," Det Insp Shadlow said.

He did not want to speculate as to whether the alibi given by Mr Hannaford on the night of Ms Lynch's disappearance was false.

Police are still appealing for any information about a red floor rug about 2x3m in size which was reported missing from Ms Lynch's apartment.

Det Insp Shadlow confirmed Ms Lynch's apartment did portray some sign of struggle when police entered the scene.

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Ms Lynch, Mr Hannaford or the movements of the 2004 blue Ford Falcon from 6pm Tuesday, June 3 to all day Wednesday, June 4, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  gail lynch missing person murder investigation police

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