Ipswich woman Vicki Ann Hunter was murdered by her husband, a court found.
Ipswich woman Vicki Ann Hunter was murdered by her husband, a court found.

Search for murderer intensifies

POLICE have stepped up the hunt for the killer of Ipswich woman Vicki Ann Hunter with extensive doorknocks of the area where she was murdered.

Mrs Hunter, 55, was killed in her Sonter Street home Raceview on the night of May 6.

Police said Mrs Hunter received multiple “traumatic” injuries in the attack but would not specify if any weapon was used in the murder.

Her husband Ian Hunter, also 55, was found upstairs in the two-storey brick home with a stab wound to his hand and other injuries to his head. Mr Hunter was treated in Ipswich Hospital and has since been released. He is assisting with police inquiries.

Their Sonter Street home had been closed off as a crime scene for over a week until a forensic examination was completed on Saturday.

Ipswich Police hit the streets over the weekend asking residents of nearby Raceview homes if they saw anything suspicious on the night of the murder, Thursday May 6, or the following morning.

In particular, police are looking for a man with a tribal tattoo on his left calf who was seen in the area during those hours.

Witnesses described the man as being between 160cm and 170cm tall with an average build.

He was wearing a dark shirt and had dark cargo pants which showed the distinctive calf tattoo.

A police spokesman said they hoped the continued door knocking and appeals through the media would lead to more witnesses coming forward.

“Members of the public are asked to cast their mind back to Thursday night, May 6 and Friday morning, May 7,” the spokesman said. “Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity on or in the vicinity of Sonter Street or Cross Street between the hours of 8pm and 8am is asked to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.”

A major incident room has been established at Yamanto Police Station to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information that could help police with their inquiries can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 00.

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