1. “Little hearts breaking there all over the place.”
Police will analyse a one-line suicide note found in the car of Geoff Hunt to determine if he wrote it, and why the devastating alleged murder/suicides of him and his family took place.
The body of a man, believed to be Geoff Hunt, was recovered from a dam yesterday – nearly 24 hours after the bodies of Kim Hunt, 41, and children Fletcher, 10, Mia, 8, and Phoebe, 6, were found shot at the Watch Hill homestead Lockhart in NSW.
Superintendent Bob Noble said the effect on the local community was devastating. The tiny primary school the children attended has just 73 students.
“I spent some time at the school early this morning and there are little hearts breaking there all over the place” he said.
Fairfax Media reports that while police are preparing a report for the coroner, detectives have stated that they are not looking at any other persons of interest.
“We have five deceased people [and] we believe they were all members of the same family, there is nothing to lend us to believe that there are any other persons of interest,” he said.
For more on this – and why this should not be about farmers, but about a man taking his life and that of his family – read this post here.
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2. Boy missing in storm water drain
The search will resume today for the body of a three-year-old boy who was washed away while playing with his family near Dandenong Creek in Melbourne.
Tragically, police have said the operation now becomes a focus on finding his body, as there is no way the toddler could have survived the freezing water.
3. Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius is preparing to learn his fate either tonight or, depending on the length of the judge’s verdict, Friday.
Judge Thokozile Masipa will read her judgment in the trial of the ‘Blade Runner’, who is charged with premeditated murder after he fired four shots through a toilet door on Valentine’s Day 2013, which killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius claims he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder.
4. Obama’s IS speech.
The US President Barack Obama has made a historic speech outlining exactly what action his administration plans to take against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The speech detailed how the United States will pursue “a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.