News

Foul play involved: officer's family

Steven Isles, son of Senior Sergeant Michael Isles who went missing in Ayr in 2009, outside the coronial inquest into his father's disappearance at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Steven Isles, son of Senior Sergeant Michael Isles who went missing in Ayr in 2009, outside the coronial inquest into his father's disappearance at the Brisbane Magistrates Court. Ava Benny-Morrison

THE FAMILY of a police officer who went missing three years ago say they have even more reason to believe the officer met with foul play following a coronial inquest.

Senior Sergeant Michael James Isles has been missing for three years after he set out on a drive from Ayr to Townsville Police Station for a training seminar in September 2009.

Mr Isles had been on extended sick leave and suffered a breakdown after being accused of corruption.

He was the subject of a Crime and Misconduct Commission investigation surrounding allegations of corrupt dealings with a local drug dealer but was eventually cleared.

An inquest has been held in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this week and looked into Mr Isles's disappearance and the Queensland Police Service response to Mr Isles's welfare and extended sick leave.

Police who investigated his disappearance believe Mr Isles, whose car and clothes were found in bushland south of Ayr a few days after he went missing, committed suicide or perished in the bush.

But Mr Isles's son, Steven, has not ruled out the possibility his father met with foul play.

"For me personally and I believe for my family, this week's proceedings have actually assured more in my mind that it is less likely my father has committed suicide and probably more likely he met with foul play," he said outside court on Thursday.

"However...I believe that unfortunately we can only leave here with an open finding until such time we can identify further evidence."

The identities of four police officers involved in the inquest, including one high ranking officer, have been suppressed by State Coroner Michael Barnes.

One of the officers told the inquest on Thursday he ran into Mr Isles at a local pub in April 2009, a few months after Mr Isles took sick leave.

The officer said he spent 20 minutes with Mr Isles, who seemed quite "disgruntled" and had "highs and lows."

After speaking to Mr Isles the officer told his wife he believe Mr Isles had "lost the plot" and he had concerns for Mr Isles's mental health.

But despite his concerns, the officer did not notify anyone, including the Queensland Police Service.

Further witnesses are expected to be called at another inquest date yet to be fixed. 

Topics:  court mick isles missing person



More cold weather forecast for Southern Downs

COLD: A frost on the Southern Downs this winter.

Possibility of some rain during the week

Police warning after reports of dogs attacking sheep

Police received the reports of dogs roaming.

Police praise SDRC for ability to catch dogs

Redefining marriage 'an attack on freedom': Shelton

Lyle Shelton from the Australian Christian Lobby. Photo Contributed

'I will always believe the truth about marriage'

Local Partners

Survivor twist bound to shock

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor, but will everyone be happy? She’s bracing for a viewer backlash.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

A prince is sailing around the Whitsundays

Prince of Denmark Frederik is racing on Wild Oats in the Whitsundays.

Rumours circulating about where the princess is

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Playing Tom Cruise's wife was a dream for Sarah Wright

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

Singer Taylor Swift has deleted her social media accounts

Social media wipeout prompts rumours of a new album

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry