Cooktown Homicide Appeal

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Ms Steele’s body was found in Isabella Creek at Leggetts Crossing, about 20km north of Cooktown on 06 August 2017.

Detective Acting Superintendent Marsh said the last confirmed sighting of Ms Steele was at the Cooktown IGA on Wednesday 02 August with police continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the store between 11am and 1pm on that day to Crime Stoppers.

“If you were in the IGA, and haven’t spoken to Crime Stoppers or police directly, then please contact us. We want to talk to everyone who was in the store between 11am and 1pm, regardless of what you think you may or may not know,” he said.

Police are also calling on anyone who was driving, hitchhiking or walking on Poison Creek Road, Oaky Creek Road or Endeavour Valley Road on the same date to Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information in relation Ms Steele’s movements or her death is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

“Donna’s family are devastated by her loss and are hoping someone in the community will come forward with information to help solve this crime.

“Someone in Cooktown knows what happened to Donna. Eventually people talk, people tell someone else, people make mention of what they know to a trusted party.

“We want that trusted person to have the courage to come forward, to help provide answer’s to Donna’s family,” Detective Acting Superintendent Marsh said.

Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO Mr Trevor O'Hara reminded the community that your personal identity is not revealted to Crime Stoppers - "When you call, use our website or our live chat service our Crime Stoppers team members cannot see your telephone number, cannot trace your internet address and do not need to know who you are - we just want to hear about your piece of this crime puzzle that could help bring closure for the family. Crime Stoppers provides anonymous channels for the sharing of information about suspicious or criminal activity".

A team of police, including local detectives and officers from the Homicide Investigation Squad continue to investigate Ms Steele’s death, with forensic evidence, which continues to be examined in Brisbane, generating additional lines of inquiry for investigators.

Crime Stoppers recently deployed its 4WD marked vehicle to the area with local Cairns Volunteer Area Committee members championing the cause to help solve this heinous crime.  Local volunteers flew to Brisbane and drove the vehicle all the way to Cairns in order to drive around and help promote the service and 1800 333 000 hotline number and remind the community that they can help make a difference in this matter.

Report by calling 1800 333 000 24hrs per day, reporting online via our website, downloading our mobile app and reporting or using our live chat service via the website or mobile app.

Police have further released the image of a shoe (below) which may have been worn by someone who can provide further information to assist with this crime. The shoe is described as a black Champion Gusto men's size 10 jogging shoe, with black laces and white rubber sole.

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