There are grave fears for a Gold Coast woman after her disappearance before “clear signs of violence” were found at her home.
Wendy Sleeman, 61, has not been seen since Tuesday afternoon after an apparent altercation at her Elanora home.
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Police issued an urgent plea for her whereabouts after declaring her to be in a “high-risk” situation.
Her son, Slade Murdok, is wanted by police. Members of the public are urged to not approach him if they see him.
Emergency services found blood in the home and Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said there were “clear signs of violence and evidence of a fight”.
“The scene behind us would indicate there’s been some violence there,” he said on Wednesday morning.
“I can say I’ve got grave concerns. The disappearance and the evidence and scene would suggest it’s highly suspicious.”
Smith said earlier in the day, Sleeman had reported Murdoch near her workplace, which was a “contravention of some orders in place”.
There were signs of forced entry at the home, Smith said.
He said Sleeman disappeared after about half an hour after arriving home.
“We have witnesses who have come forward and said it looks like he (Murdoch) was here yesterday afternoon,” he said.
“They’re mother and son. There have been some ongoing issues since about 2016.
“There has been support from various government agencies along the way.
“It appears that has failed. That’s part of the ongoing investigation, as to the background as to why it may have led to the disappearance of both people.”
A doormat was set on fire but was extinguished.
It is possible he has left the Gold Coast area and could be in Brisbane.
“Police urge the man, the woman or anyone with information regarding their location to contact police urgently and to not approach the man,” police said in a statement.
On Wednesday evening Queensland Police confirmed they had arrested a 30-year-old man in Brisbane’s south.
“The man was arrested without incident shortly before 5pm,” police said.
“Detectives continue to search for a blue Honda Jazz hatch Queensland registration 952AT4 and appeal for members of the public to be on the look-out for the car and report any sightings to police.”