Police confirm murder investigation into mum's death

UPDATE: Police believe Goondiwindi mother-of-three Alexis Jeffery was attacked near the location where her body was found on Sunday.

Regional crime coordinator for southern region Detective Superintendent Dave Isherwood said homicide detectives were among those officers trying to determine what happened to Ms Jeffery on the banks of the Macintyre River.

Det. Supt Isherwood has detailed Ms Jeffery's movements on Saturday night and Sunday morning in the hope someone with information might come forward.

He said the 24-year-old had been socialising at the Queensland Hotel from about 9pm Saturday until 1.55am Sunday.

Police search on the Macintyre River levee bank. Photo Goondiwindi Argus
Police search on the Macintyre River levee bank. Photo Goondiwindi Argus

She was seen in the vicinity of the Royal Hotel about 2.15am before last being seen walking alone in a park near the town's swimming pool on Marshall St about 3.30am.

Det. Isherwood said Ms Jeffery was walking towards the pathway that leads to the Goondiwindi Waggamba Community Cultural Centre.

Her body was found in the river behind the cultural centre about 10.50am.

"We've assumed that when she was seen by herself she continued to walk by herself until she reached that point where we believe she was attacked.

He said it was about 20 metres from the top of the levee bank to where she was found.

"She was right on the edge of the water," Det. Supt. Isherwood said.

"She was partially clad at the time so it reasonable to assume that the actual death is suspicious."

A post-mortem examination is being conducted to determine Ms Jeffery's cause of death. 

He asked anyone who saw Ms Jeffery on the night, whether it was while she was inside the Queensland Hotel or after she left, to contact police.

To contact Crime Stoppers call 1800 333 000.

EARLIER: The investigation into the death of Goondiwindi woman Alexis Jeffery is focusing on her early morning disappearance from the town's CBD.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who knew the 24-year-old's movements between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

She was last seen alive about 3.30am Sunday.

Her body was found in the Macintyre River a little more than 7 hours later by a father and son who were out fishing.

"Ms Jeffery's death is being treated as suspicious and police investigations are continuing," a police spokesman said.

EARLIER: Police have identified the body found in Goondiwindi's Macintyre River as a 24-year-old local woman.

A police spokesperson said officers were currently "running out a number of lines of enquiry.

EARLIER: A RELAXING morning of fishing on the Macintyre River at Goondiwindi turned into a nightmare for a father and his young son.

The pair found the body of a woman, believed to be aged her 20s, as they searched for the perfect spot in their boat.

The woman had not been identified last night.

A Queensland Police spokesman said the woman's death was being treated as suspicious.

"The body of a woman was located in the water of the Macintyre River, by the bank, near Elizabeth Dr in Goondiwindi," he said.

"At this stage police are treating her death as suspicious.

"She was found about 10.50am by a man and his son who were fishing."

Detectives are still investigating. Anyone with information which could assist should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.

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