‘Beautiful’ mum found dead identified
A woman found dead in a Gold Coast backyard with burn injuries has been identified as mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson.
A GoFundMe fundraising page was created on Tuesday to help support her children and plan for the funeral.
"Unfortunately Kelly has passed away … we are trying to raise money to pay for the funeral, the kids schooling and all other costs. Please help us! We appreciate any help no matter how big or small," the page, created by Natalie Wilkinson, said.
Natalie also uploaded a new profile picture on Facebook on Tuesday picturing Kelly, with the caption: "My beautiful angels."
Also on Facebook was a tribute to Kelly's mother Karen who - according to the post - died "suddenly" just two months ago.
She died on February 28 aged 55 years.
She was the "loving mother" of Kelly and her sisters Daniella, Emma and Natalie - she was also the "adored nanny" to her eight "beautiful grandchildren", according to the social media post.
Police have launched a homicide investigation into the incident.
A concerned neighbour called police at 6.40am on Tuesday after hearing a disturbance on Spikes Court in Arundel.
Upon their arrival, police found a body in the backyard.
A 35-year-old man was located in a "semiconscious state" two blocks away shortly after, also with burn injuries.
He was suffering from burn marks to his hands and airway, and taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition, where he remains under police guard.
Police have confirmed one of their lines of inquiry is whether he had lit a fire that subsequently killed Kelly.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said three children, all under the age of nine, were believed to have been at the home at the time.
"We still need to positively identify this person, we don't know if she lived alone … One of our lines of investigation is determining whether she had a connection to the house," Detective Ahearn said earlier in the day.
"We're interested to determine whether there was a relationship between these two people and whether there's previous history."
A crime scene was declared and the whole area was canvassed, including the suspension of rubbish collection, as police combed for evidence.
"The forensic examination will take some time," Detective Ahearn said.
"There may be further evidence that has left that scene. Our intention is to lock that area down and determine (whether that is the case)."
Detective Ahearn said at this stage police were not focusing their inquiries elsewhere, but would "keep an open mind".
"We believe he has a link to that house," Detective Ahearn said.
Originally published as 'Beautiful' mum found dead identified