A man is charged with murdering a couple of estate agents and then burning down their home in Queensland

The man is accused of murdering a couple of estate agents and then burning down their house as the autopsy of their charred bodies revealed they had been ‘killed’ BEFORE they were set on fire

  • The bodies of Christine Stephan, 68, and Joe Stephan, 73, were found on Sunday
  • They were found in the burnt remains of a home in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Police say their deaths are suspicious and ‘did not contribute to the fire’










A man has been charged in the death of an elderly estate couple who were murdered and set on fire.

Police arrested a 28-year-old Goodna man on Sunday morning in connection with the gruesome alleged murders of Christine Stephan, 68, and Joe Stephan, 73.

The neighbors told the Mail Mail there was no indication of suspicious behavior prior to the alleged murder and they were unaware there was a fire at the property until emergency services arrived.

Police said they had “ruled nothing out” as they investigate the deaths of Christine Stephan, 68, and Joe Stephan, 73, who were discovered Sunday morning in the charred remains of a house in Collingwood Park, south of Brisbane.

Police said they had “ruled nothing out” as they investigate the death of the couple who were discovered on Sunday morning in the charred remains of a house in Collingwood Park, south-west Brisbane.

Acting Inspector Heath McQueen on Friday called the investigation into the suspicious deaths “complex” and expects it to continue next week after an incident center was set up at a police station. Ipswich Police.

“Autopsies have been performed…I cannot go into specifics other than to confirm that their deaths are suspicious and did not contribute to the fire, with evidence of violence,” Acting Inspector McQueen said. .

“This is a complex investigation, in which all possible options as to the cause of their death are fully explored.

“We haven’t ruled anything out at this stage.”

Pictured is the house's burnt-out garage.  Emergency crews arrived at 1am on Sunday

Pictured is the house’s burnt-out garage. Emergency crews arrived at 1am on Sunday

He said “extensive” forensic tests were continuing at the Hannant Street home, which was declared a crime scene.

The couple were found in the lower level of the house, which quickly caught fire early Sunday.

‘They were both so genuine, helpful and caring [people] who always offered to help even when not asked,’ said a Facebook post from Mr. Stephan’s work colleagues, Rudy and Alma.

Emergency crews were first called to the house around 1am, but by then it was well lit and smoke billowing from the roof.

The couple who were identified by colleagues on social media were found on the lower level of the house which quickly caught fire early on Sunday.

The couple who were identified by colleagues on social media were found on the lower level of the house which quickly caught fire early on Sunday.

Ipswich detectives lead the investigation – dubbed Operation Verdite – with the help of homicide, forensic and scientific officers.

“Complex and detailed forensic examinations, as well as investigations and interviews by detectives, will continue for some time,” Acting Inspector McQueen said.

“I understand the media and community interest, and rightly so, however, to maintain the integrity of the investigation, I am unable to provide any further details or updates at this time. “

He said anyone with information should contact the police.

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