AN INNISFAIL man who has admitted to killing his partner eight years after her disappearance has personally led police to the site where he claims he dumped her body.

Police and SES will this morning scour a dense and steep hillside at Cowley Beach, about 20km south of Innisfail, for the remains Leeann Lapham who was last seen in 2010.

Her partner Graeme Colin Evans, 43, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and interference with a corpse in the Cairns Supreme Court yesterday, a year after his arrest which cracked the eight-year-old cold case.

Evans, accompanied by his lawyer Phil Rennick, then led police to the scene with detectives revealing he recalled well, using nearby landmarks to pinpoint where he left her body.

Innisfail man Graeme Evans has pleaded guilty to the 2010 manslaughter of his partner Leeann Lapham. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion
Innisfail man Graeme Evans has pleaded guilty to the 2010 manslaughter of his partner Leeann Lapham. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion

Ms Lapham, 30, was last seen entering a room at Innisfail's Riverside Motel in April 2010.

Far North police Det Insp Geoff Marsh labelled the area "difficult terrain" which involves dense bushland.

He said damage caused by Cyclone Yasi may also have affected the location of the remains, but they were determined to search it thoroughly in an effort to try and bring closure for Ms Lapham's family.

Her mother Kerry Johnson was in court for Evans' plea yesterday, while her son Bradley, who was just three weeks old when she disappeared, is due to turn eight soon.

"We will make every effort to locate Leeann's remains for the family and her young son," Det Insp Marsh said.

"It is difficult terrain, it's quite dense and the area has been subject to a lot of cyclone activity.

"There have been considerable changes in the environment (since 2010)."

Police established a crime scene at the area which was guarded overnight.

A team of SES will arrive on scene this morning, while a swift water rescue crew will also be used to scour waterways nearby.

Police are yet to say how long they will maintain the crime scene.

Part of the area to be searched is now private property which was not the case eight years ago.



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