Murdered mother's last relationship, bag found at crime scene, of interest to police

| 12.11,18. 07:59 PM |



Murdered mother's last relationship, bag found at crime scene, of interest to police



Photo: Forensic officers searched a Kangaroo Point apartment in relation to Ms Watcho's murder. (ABC News: Kristian Silva)

Queensland police want to know more about Constance (Connie) Watcho's last known relationship after her remains were found at Kangaroo Point cliffs near the Brisbane River in September.


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Detective Senior Sergeant Warren Gibbs said Ms Watcho was last seen with her boyfriend around November 27, 2017.


The mother of ten's bones were found in a bag near the popular picnic and jogging spot nearly one year later on September 10, 2018, by a member of the public.


"Those things will be very important for this investigation and we would be very happy for anyone with that information to contact Crimestoppers," Detective Gibbs said.


"We're obviously seeking information from anyone that might have any information about Connie's boyfriend, their relationship, when they saw them last, what they looked like or even how they seemed at the time when they last saw them.


"We'd like to speak to anyone that knows him and knows the relationship between he and Connie to get some background and to find out how that relationship worked."


Police said they used medical and dental records to identify the remains found at the cliffs, but the state of decay made it difficult to determine when they had been dumped.


Earlier this month, a suspicious overnight fire damaged the River Terrace unit complex where Ms Watcho lived before her death.


Police also need help to identify a bag that was found at the crime scene on Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point.


The bag was described as just under a metre in length and different shades of grey with the handles of the bag removed.


The brand was identified as Urban Style.


"We've been unable to identify or locate any other bags that looked like that, but that bag is of particular interest to us," Detective Gibbs said.


"So if anyone's seen a bag like that, whether it's in the possession of Connie or her boyfriend at the time or knows of a bag that looks like that if they could be in contact with police or Crimestoppers."


Police have applied for reward money to issue to those with information leading to a conviction.


'She was a beautiful person'


Ms Watcho's sister Beryl Watcho said she and the family had lived in "constant worry" when Ms Watcho disappeared.


"[We were] praying every day for Connie to come home to us safe and well," she said.


"Our lives changed on the 10th of September [2018] when police located her body in grassland at Kangaroo Point.


   "Constance was a sister, a friend and a loving mother … [she's] left behind ten beautiful children that will now go through life without their loving mother.


"She was a beautiful person, she loved life.


"We're here today because we want justice, we want anyone with information to come forward and talk to the police and Crimestoppers," Ms Watcho said.


"Please help my family find out who was responsible for murdering our sister and taking her away from our family."


Topics: law-crime-and-justice, crime, murder-and-manslaughter, brisbane-4000, qld, australia


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