A loving mother-of-three has been identified as the victim of a tragic murder suicide after her five-year-old son discovered her body inside their home.
Rebecca Walker, 46, was found alongside her former partner inside her Fulham Road unit in Gulliver, Townsville, about 9.15am on Tuesday.
She had only moved in to the apartment about six weeks ago and was starting fresh with her five-year-old.
But the little boy, the youngest of three siblings, has been left traumatised after he found Ms Walker and a man believed to be his father dead inside their home.
He then walked hundreds of metres through the streets searching for his uncle’s home, where he offered ‘very limited’ information about the events as they unfolded.
Ms Walker’s sister Samantha confirmed early suspicions that domestic violence was a contributing factor in her death.
Rebecca Walker, 46, was found alongside her former partner inside her Fulham Road unit in Gulliver, Townsville, about 9.15am on Tuesday
Police were called to the home on Fulham Road in Gulliver, Townsville, on Tuesday morning
‘I lost my sister to domestic violence… Every day a woman is dying from selfish individuals who just can’t move on,’ she explained.
‘It hurts deept that I wasn’t there to help. You can think you know that person, but really you don’t.’
Samantha explained that her sister’s former partner struggled to move on following their separation, and as a result a family has lost ‘a mother, sister, daughter, friend’.
‘We lost something because of an individual who is so selfish and heartless and can’t let go.’
Detectives have not yet revealed a cause of death, though early indications suggest a knife was involved, Townsville Bulletin reported.
Neighbour Peter MacElroy told Daily Mail Australia he had only ever seen Ms Walker and her son at the property, and that they’d recently moved in.
‘They hadn’t been there long. Six weeks, maybe eight,’ he said.
Ms Walker’s sister Samantha confirmed early suspicions that domestic violence was a contributing factor in her death
A five-year-old boy walked to help after finding his parents dead in their North Queensland home. Pictured: police at the scene
Ms Walker always appeared friendly but largely kept to herself in the quiet neighbourhood, and Mr MacElroy said he’d only ever seen her from a distance.
He doesn’t recall ever seeing a man at the premises, but saw a group of men arrive at the home before police attended.
Mr MacElroy said one of the men approached him and ‘said the door has been knocked down (at the home), and broken into and they were waiting for police’.
He was shocked when he saw police arrive at the home on Tuesday morning and watched as they cordoned off the area and brought in homicide detectives.
Detective Inspector David Miles said it was a ‘tragedy’ that had unfolded in the quiet suburban street.
‘Any death is a tragedy… [and] in this instance … we have a young person who is without parents and obviously he’s been subjected to an extremely tragic set of circumstances,’ he said.
Ms Walker always appeared friendly but largely kept to herself in the quiet neighbourhood, and Mr MacElroy said he’d only ever seen her from a distance
Forensic officers spent the day at the scene collecting evidence
The boy is now being cared for by relatives.
He will be spoken to by the Child Protection and Investigation Unit, but detectives aren’t hopeful he will provide any useful information, given his young age.
Insp Miles said all avenues are still being explored, but that murder suicide was increasingly looking like the most realistic outcome.
There was no history of domestic violence between the couple that police had been made aware of, but detectives have vowed to investigate the relationship further.
‘We will go back and look at the full history of the individuals, that which is known to police and that which is not known to police, to try and identify if there was a pattern or the presence of domestic violence in this relationship,’ Insp Miles said.
‘There hasn’t been any medical examinations or autopsies at this stage,’ he added. They hope to be completed by Wednesday afternoon.
Investigations are ongoing and police are urging anybody with information that may assist to come forward.
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Ms Walker uploaded a profile picture standing against domestic violence
Police are investigating numerous scenarios, including a murder-suicide