Remains of woman allegedly murdered found in Glasshouse Mountains may have been there for a month


Mum allegedly murdered by her friend and roommate was hidden in bush for a MONTH before horrified adventurers stumbled upon her skeleton

  • Remains believed to belong to Donna Howe, 57, were found in bushland in QLD
  • Clinton Travis Oliver, 41, and Braydon Franklin have been charged with murder
  • Police allege Ms Howe was killed on May 8 and her body was moved on same day
  • Two four-wheel drivers found the deeply decomposed remains on Tuesday 

Human remains believed to belong to a mother who was allegedly murdered may have been in the bush for one month before they were found by four-wheel drivers. 

Donna Howe, 57, was last seen by her family in late April in Caboolture, around an hour north of Brisbane, and was reported missing on June 5.

Deeply decomposed remains believed to belong to Ms Howe were found in the Glasshouse Mountains in the Sunshine Coast hinterland on Tuesday.

Two men, Clinton Travis Oliver, 41, and Braydon Franklin, 31, have both been charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse. Both have also been hit with fraud charges.

Human remains believed to belong to mother Donna Howe who was allegedly murdered may have been in the bush for one month before they were found by four-wheel drivers

Human remains believed to belong to mother Donna Howe who was allegedly murdered may have been in the bush for one month before they were found by four-wheel drivers

Police have alleged in court documents that Oliver and Franklin murdered the grandmother at a home in Caboolture on May 8 before disposing her body the same day. 

Oliver is facing five counts of fraud and Franklin faces one count.

Oliver allegedly dishonestly gained $7,000 on May 24 and used a debit card that belonged to Ms Howe. He also allegedly dishonestly gained a total of $1,405 from the 57-year-old on two separate occasions in late May.

The mother and grandmother was allegedly murdered on May 8 before four-wheel drivers found remains believed to belong to her on Tuesday in the Glasshouse Mountains

The mother and grandmother was allegedly murdered on May 8 before four-wheel drivers found remains believed to belong to her on Tuesday in the Glasshouse Mountains

Franklin allegedly dishonestly took $2,000 on May 25. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Green said one man lived with Ms Howe but they weren’t in a relationship, and the other visited the home.

The remains were found by two men off a track in the bushland and were believed to have been burned at the scene.

Ms Howe’s brother Dennis Long described her as having a ‘heart of gold’.

Queensland Police Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Mansfield said a lighter had been found near the body. 

Both Oliver and Franklin have been remanded in custody and will face court on July 22. 

The remains were found by two men off a track in the bushland and were believed to have been burned at the scene

The remains were found by two men off a track in the bushland and were believed to have been burned at the scene

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