‘Grave’ concerns for woman missing after break-and-enter at Gold Coast home

Police hold grave concerns for a woman who went missing from the Gold Coast after an alleged break-and-enter at her property.

Wendy Sleeman, 61, called police after she came home to find her Ironbark Street home in Elanorahad been allegedly broken into around 3pm yesterday.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said within half an hour of Sleeman reporting the crime, she had disappeared.

Wendy Sleeman and Slade Murdok missing from Elanora.
Wendy Sleeman went missing half an hour after reporting a break and enter. (Queensland Police)

Police found blood in the home and a doormat on fire at the Elanora home.

”The scene behind us would indicate there’s been some violence there and also evidence that a fire had been commenced but it was extinguished,” Smith said.

Police believe she may be in the company of her 30-year-old son Slade Murdok in a blue Honda Jazz with Queensland registration 952AT4.

“Wendy is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 153cm tall with a heavy build and short brown hair,” police said.

Wendy Sleeman and Slade Murdok missing from Elanora.
The blue Honda Jazz police are searching for. (Queensland Police)

“Slade is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 180cm tall with a proportionate build and dark brown hair.”

Smith said the blue Honda Jazz is of interest as there’s evidence the car left the property when Sleeman went missing.

Wendy Sleeman and Slade Murdok missing from Elanora.
Slade Murdok is also missing and believed to be with his mother. (Queensland Police)

Police hold “grave concerns” for Sleeman’s wellbeing and the incident is not a random attack.

”It would indicate obviously a dispute has happened between the homeowner and somebody who we believe to be the son,” Smith said.

“My experience as an investigator I can say it’s clear that there are signs of violence and evidence of a fight. The disappearance and the evidence at the scene would suggest it’s highly suspicious.

“It’s clearly a targeted issue between mother and son at this point.”

Smith said there have been some ongoing issues between Sleeman and Murdok since 2016.

”There’s been support from government agencies along the way and unfortunately it would appear that that’s failed,” he added.

Wendy Sleeman and Slade Murdok missing from Elanora.
Wendy Sleeman has been missing for more than 17 hours. (Queensland Police)

Police are worried about Murdok’s state of mind as he has previously threatened harm to officers, Smith said.

Smith added there were contravention orders in place between Sleeman and Murdok.

“Earlier in the day, yesterday the victim as in Wendy reported her son as being near her workplace,” he said.

Smith said a court appearance in a civil jurisdiction on Friday may have been a “catalyst for the behaviour”.

Police believe the pair may be closer to Brisbane at this point and are focusing efforts in the area.

Members of the public are advised if they see Murdok and Sleeman not to approach the 30-year-old and to call authorities immediately.

”I am concerned about his state of mind and the risk to people trying to interact with him without the appropriate training,” he said.

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