SWANBANK| Police suspend search for Brisbane woman Leslie Trotter

May 12, 2023 11:36 am in by
Photo: Queensland Police Service. Supplied.

Police have suspended a search at Swanbank for the body of 78-year-old Brisbane woman, Lesley Trotter (pictured below), who has been missing since March 28.

Following more than three weeks of aerial and ground searches, with police sifting through nearly 1000 tonnes of waste material, the decision was made to discontinue the search at the Swanbank landfill site this afternoon, May 11.

Investigations by detectives indicate Lesley Trotter’s body was inside a wheelie bin on the footpath outside her Maryvale Street, Toowong home on Tuesday, March 28.

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The bin was collected by a rubbish truck early that morning, with its contents later deposited at Swanbank.

Brisbane Region Regional Crime Co-ordinator, Detective Superintendent Andrew Massingham, said the decision to suspend the Swanbank landfill search follows consultation with forensic experts and landfill engineers.

“After more than a month since commencing the search, police have been unable to locate Ms Trotter’s body,” Detective Superintendent Massingham said.

“A team of ten detectives remain committed to solving the disappearance of Ms Trotter.”

Detectives have liaised closely with the Trotter family throughout the investigation and they have been advised of this latest decision.

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Police would like to thank the media and members of the public who have assisted with ongoing investigations.

Detectives renew their appeal for anyone with information or relevant vision, particularly between 5am and 7am on Tuesday, March 28 near Maryvale Street in Toowong, to come forward.

Investigations are continuing.