Ex appears in court

Ian Hannaford has been remanded behind bars charged with murder.
Ian Hannaford has been remanded behind bars charged with murder. Qld Police

THE ex-partner of missing Warwick woman Gail Lynch appeared in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with her murder.

Ian Hannaford was taken into police custody on Thursday night after being found in a toilet block in Toowoomba's Picnic Point Park.

He appeared briefly in the court on Saturday morning where the charge was read, and was remanded in custody to appear in court again on October 29.

It is understood Hannaford is refusing to co-operate with police in relation to the investigation into Ms Lynch's disappearance, which has been ongoing since she was last seen on July 3.

Hannaford reportedly hid from police in bushland at Picnic Point and police believe he may have been there since July 11, when they had last spoken with him.

A security guard discovered an injured, semi-conscious Hannaford in the park toilet block about 8.30pm on Thursday.

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow on Friday said police found a makeshift campsite under a concrete lookout without any blankets and with only a few food scraps.

Hannaford was taken to Toowoomba Hospital on Thursday night to be treated for dehydration and exposure and was released into police custody late on Friday, only to be met with a set of handcuffs and a murder charge.

Police and search crews scoured the Picnic Point Park area on Friday in search of clues as to Ms Lynch's whereabouts.

Police are still appealing for information regarding a red rug with a gold trim which was reported missing from Ms Lynch's apartment.

 

 If you have any information that could assist police with their investigation phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Warwick Police on 4660 4444.

Topics:  gail lynch, ian hannaford, missing woman, murder



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