Queensland police name deceased in suspicious Browns Plains fire as Doreen Langham and Gary Hely
Queensland police have said officers attended a Browns Plains townhouse hours before a blaze there killed two people.
- Investigators say police attended the home hours before the blaze after receiving a call from Ms Langham
- Authorities believe the fire was deliberately lit
- The fire will be subject to a coronial inquest overseen by the Crime and Corruption Commission
It comes as police named the pair killed in the suspicious fire, south of Brisbane, as Doreen Langham and her ex-partner Gary Hely.
Officers discovered the bodies while sifting through the rubble of the blaze that tore through the property on Moyla Street on Monday morning.
Logan District Chief Superintendent Brian Swan said an autopsy was needed to confirm the identities of the deceased.
“At this stage we’re not able to identify those remains, but we do believe that they’re the remains of Doreen Langham and Gary Hely,” he said.
He said police received a call from Ms Langham the night before the blaze.
“Inquiries indicate that on the night before the fire, there was a phone call made to police,” Chief Superintendent Swan said.
Chief Superintendent Swan said police believed the blaze was deliberately lit.
“As a result of our investigations and inquiries, the matter will be overviewed by the state coroner and it will be investigated as a death in relation to a police operation,” he said.
The investigation will be overseen by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
“All the information around the police interactions with the couple, their investigations, will form part of that inquiry,” Chief Superintendent Swan said.
DV order ‘breaches’ reported
Police said a court-ordered domestic violence order between Ms Langham and Mr Hely was issued earlier this month.
“I am aware that some reports of breaches were made,” Chief Superintendent Swan said.
“The full extent of those breaches and the investigations made in relation to them will form part of the coronial brief.”
Chief Superintendent Swan said police were seeking any information concerning the nature of their relationship.
“Fire scenes are particularly complex and difficult scenes so it will take us some time to put together what did happen,” Chief Superintendent Swan said.
Police said the families of the deceased had been notified.