Paula Wright is looking for answers after the death of her son. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Paula Wright is looking for answers after the death of her son. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Mum fumes after police rule son’s death suicide

SHE found her son dead, bound and gagged in a sleeping bag in a locked shed on their quiet Dulong acreage.

Now Paula Wright's mourning has turned to anger over the police investigation.

On the day of her 43-year-old son Karl Robert Wright's funeral, a police officer telephoned the family home and told Ms Wright's other son, Byron, they believed Mr Wright had taken his own life.

There was no suicide note and a day earlier he had had lunch with his mother and grandma and had been discussing the things he planned to buy.

Ms Wright is at a loss to understand how police came to their assumption and is frustrated they do not appear to still be investigating when a murderer could be on the loose.

"First police said there was no evidence of self-harm, then a couple of days later they are saying it is suicide," Ms Wright said.

"If they had investigated the people that know him they would have found out he is not the kind of person who would commit suicide.''

Karl, who had dyslexia and minor intellectual disability, had lived with his mother all his life. On the morning of July 29 she went to his room looking for him, to find the door locked.

She eventually found him, lying in a sleeping bag on a foam mattress in the locked shed.

"I raced to the window and he wasn't on the bed. I looked for him around the house and then went over to the shed and found it locked," she said. "I'm not sure if it was locked from the inside or out, it can either way. I went and got the key and finally got it open.

"I found him lying on a foam mattress, he was inside a sleeping bag.

"He was bound with a piece of rope across his mouth, his head was in a balaclava and another sleeping bag was wrapped around his head.

"His hands were tied with zip ties and his feet were bound with cling wrap.''

A senior constable told Ms Wright they had found a bit of the rag he was tied with and the glad wrap in his room. "I don't know how this proves he tried to kill himself," she said.

Mrs Wright has a doctor's letter saying her son was not suicidal.

Police sent the Daily a statement late yesterday saying the "investigation has been conducted and a report is being prepared for the Coroner".



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