The sister of a young Queensland mother tortured, murdered
and left to rot in a bushland grave is desperate for answers.
Police allege 28-year-old Tia Landers suffered a violent end
at the hands of a de facto couple who tortured her at their
home north of Brisbane before killing her and leaving her
body in a shallow grave in a state forest.
Officers had been looking for the mother-of-four, whose
youngest child is just three, for almost three weeks before
making the grisly find at Beerburrum on Thursday.
A couple known to Ms Landers has been charged with torturing
and murdering her and will spend at least the next six months
behind bars after they were remanded in custody during a
court mention on Friday.
John Edward Harris, 42, and Linda Eileen Appleton, 40, did
not appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court, where the
matter was adjourned until January 12.
Police say Ms Landers went willingly to the couple's home at
Brighton, north of Brisbane.
Officers who've combed the property say there are signs she
was brutally tortured there, but they have not revealed the
nature of her injuries or the cause of her death.
"There's evidence that there has been violence at Newport
Street," Detective Acting Superintendent Damien Hansen told
"The offenders have been charged with torture."
Jamie Landers, 19, was at the court on Friday and said her
family was desperate for answers.
"We want to know why. Tia's done a lot of bad stuff in her
life, we all know that (but) it's not to be held against
her," she told reporters outside the court.
"She is a mother of four children, her youngest daughter is
three years old, her oldest son is 10. They are struggling."
A friend of the slain woman has told ABC radio she was a
"I've known her for eight years, she was there for me always,
ups, downs," Angela Dicker said. "Loving mother, loving
daughter, loves her parents, loves her family."
A post-mortem examination is being carried out as the police
investigation continues at the forest site where the body was
found, and the Brighton home.
Supt Hansen said Ms Landers was no stranger to the couple
charged with her murder.
"She's an associate of theirs. They're known to each other,
have been known to each other for some time," he said.
He said police had put Ms Landers in the high risk category
after she went missing.
She was last seen alive on June 16 in the Deception Bay and
Redcliffe areas and her family reported her missing a few