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Justine's accused killer in court

Police scour the Nambour tip where the body of murdered Alexandra Headland woman Justine Jones was found.
Police scour the Nambour tip where the body of murdered Alexandra Headland woman Justine Jones was found. Jason Dougherty

A SIPPY Downs man charged with the murder of Alexandra Headland woman Justine Jones has been remanded in custody after a brief court appearance this morning.

Richard Peter Coburn, 26, was not required to enter any plea after appearing in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

Dressed in a blue flannel shirt, he was looking down for much of his court appearance as police asked for a 12 week remand to allow them to go through considerable forensic evidence.

Coburn, who had been a male friend of Justine,  is expected to be back before the court on October 13 for a committal mention.

His appearance comes after police discovered a body at a Sunshine Coast tip yesterday afternoon.

Forensic police and detectives were at the scene of the Nambour tip this morning.

There has been no official confirmation that the woman's body is that of Justine but the area has been declared a crime scene.

In a statement released at 8.30am, police said they had charged a 26-year-old man with murder following an investigation.

"Police are yet to formally identify the body of a woman located during a search of the Nambour Resource Recovery Centre on Cooney Road, Nambour yesterday afternoon,'' the statement said.

Eighteen police, includive detectives from the Homicide Squad, have been trying to find answers for the family of Justine.

Sunshine Coast police superintendent Ben Hanbidge told the Daily yesterday many of the Sunshine Coast detectives and Brisbane homicide team members were parents and were “all feeling for the family” of the missing 22-year-old.

Justine, a popular and attractive reveller on the Mooloolaba social scene, was last seen at her beachfront unit nine days ago.

Yesterday the fun-loving woman’s Boolarong Crescent unit lay silent as investigations continued into her suspicious disappearance.

The steady stream of forensic investigators, plain-clothes detectives and uniformed officers were gone from the unit, with a faint trace of black fingerprint dust the only clue as to what police suspect transpired more than a week ago.

Supt Hanbidge said results from forensic evidence should arrive next week.

He said the high-profile case was the top priority of local police.

“We hold grave concerns for her safety and, as each day comes and goes, that only worsens.”

Justine’s father, Michael Stivic, who remains at his NSW home in the hope his daughter may make contact, said he had been in contact with police yesterday.

Mr Stivic broke down as he urged the Daily to do whatever it could to help keep his daughter’s disappearance in the public eye.

Justine was last seen wearing a white top with black tracksuit pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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