This post deals with sexual assault and might be triggering for some readers.
On November 5, 2015, Queensland Police appealed for public assistance to help find a Gold Coast schoolgirl, Tiahleigh Palmer. It had been six days since she'd last been seen.
According to her foster father, Rick Thorburn, he had dropped the 12-year-old girl off near the school gates of her high school in Logan, south of Brisbane. Tiahleigh, who had brown hair and brown eyes, was dressed in her school uniform according to Thorburn.
Just hours after police published the missing persons report, remains of a near-naked body - that was so decomposed police could not tell if it was a boy or a girl - was found about 30 kilometres south of where the Year 7 schoolgirl went to school.
A day later, police formally identified the body as Tiahleigh Palmer, who had been in foster care for the past 10 months. Her backpack and school uniform was missing. Police believed she had been murdered.
In September 2016, Tiahleigh's foster father Rick Thorburn was charged with murdering the schoolgirl on October 29, 2015 - the night before she was reported as missing. He was also charged with interfering with a corpse.
It was later revealed that in the hours before Tiahleigh died, she had been to a hip-hop dance class where she complained of stomach pains.