Donna Louise Steele
Donna Louise Steele

Police ‘know who mum’s killer is’

POLICE say they believe they know who killed Cooktown mum Donna Steele, but still need more information.

Detective Inspector Damien Hansen today said the person responsible for murdering the mother-of-two was not from Cooktown and could have come from Cairns.

It is the first new piece of information since Police Minister Mark Ryan issued a $250,000 reward and indemnity for those not directly involved with her death on February 23.

 

The beloved mother-of-two met a grisly death at her Poison Creek Rd property when she was brutally slain and her wrapped body dumped 12km away in a crocodile hole.

Police have not disclosed how Ms Steele - a well-known mum and part-time caravan park cleaner - was killed, the suspected murder weapon, what she was wrapped in, or the injuries to her body.

Leggett's Crossing, where Donna Steele's body was discovered. Picture: Liam Kidston.
Leggett's Crossing, where Donna Steele's body was discovered. Picture: Liam Kidston.

They are also tight-lipped about how her body was moved 12km from the murder scene, her missing mobile phone, specific items found in the croc hole, and the results of a toxicology and autopsy report.

"That's not to say there were no visible injuries," detective Inspector Geoff Marsh, lead investigator in the murder probe dubbed Operation Papa Thorium, said in January.