HUMAN remains have been found just hours into the search for missing Innisfail woman Leeann Lapham.

Police and SES began searching an area on a hillside on private property on Cowley Beach Rd, about 20km south of Innisfail.

HUMAN remains have been found just hours into the search for missing Innisfail woman Leeann Lapham.
HUMAN remains have been found just hours into the search for missing Innisfail woman Leeann Lapham.

Far North police Det Insp Geoff Marsh said it appeared the remains were human.

Leeann Lapham.
Leeann Lapham.

Ms Lapham's partner Graeme Evans pleaded guilty to manslaughter and

interference with a corpse in the Cairns Supreme Court yesterday, a year after his arrest which cracked the eight-year-old cold case.

He then led police to the scene yesterday afternoon.

Innisfail man Graeme Evans is charged with the 2010 murder of Leeann Lapham. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion
Innisfail man Graeme Evans is charged with the 2010 murder of Leeann Lapham. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion

Ms Lapham, 30, was last seen entering a room at Innisfail's Riverside Motel in April 2010.

Her mother Kerry Johnson was in court for Evans' plea yesterday, while her son Bradley, who was just three weeks old when she disappeared, is due to turn eight soon.

Kerry Johnson leave the Cairns court house after watching Graeme Evans plead guilty to her daughter Leeann Lapham's manslaughter. PHOTO: TONI CALDWELL
Kerry Johnson leave the Cairns court house after watching Graeme Evans plead guilty to her daughter Leeann Lapham's manslaughter. PHOTO: TONI CALDWELL

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