Death in Dunlop

johnboy 11 July 2010 43

[First filed: Jul 9, 2010 @ 16:25]

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ABC Radio is reporting two people found dead in a house in Dunlop, Polewarth Circuit.

More as it comes to hand.

UPDATE: The ACT Policing media release is now up:

ACT Policing is currently responding to an incident in Dunlop after two deceased persons, a male and a female were located inside a residence in Polwarth Circuit just after 2:28pm this afternoon (Friday 9 July).

Investigations are currently underway to determine the circumstances and causes of their deaths.

The area remains blocked off to members of the public as police conduct their inquiries in relation to the matter.

Any readers with pictures should send them to

FURTHER UPDATE: The ABC has a snippett and more significantly the AFP are suggesting a murder-suicide:

ACT Policing is investigating the deaths of a male and female found inside a residence in Polwarth Circuit, Dunlop yesterday (Friday 9 July).

It appears both deceased persons died from apparent gun shot wounds. Police do not believe that a third person is involved.

Post-mortems are expected to be conducted at a later date.

The identities of the deceased’s are yet to be released while police locate all family members.

A number of witnesses have provided statements to police and the investigation is ongoing. However, anyone who has not yet spoken to police and can provide information which may be able to assist the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times has come to the party:

Neighbours believed the pair were a husband and wife aged in their 30s. They had two children, both younger than seven.

It is believed the children were staying with relatives for the school holidays and were found by police yesterday evening.

HOT TIP: We’ve had a tip that the house where the tragedy took place is 71 Polewarth Circuit, currently listed for sale on Allhomes, however others believe the address to be 69 Polewarth, so take with a grain of salt.

Yet Another Update: The ABC are reporting it as a domestic dispute between a separated couple.


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43 Responses to Death in Dunlop
Mad Murph Mad Murph 2:10 am 23 Jul 10

I-filed said :

Announced on the Intranet by the Secretary of the Department this morning, apparently. HR professional.

Even this post is inaccurate. It was the Assistant Secretary of the People Management Branch who posted this news on the intranet. She was lovely and a friend to all she met!

Beck2010 Beck2010 2:01 pm 21 Jul 10

Does anyone know the age of Matt Butt? Is it the same Matt Butt that grew up in Evatt & went to Lake Ginnenderra? Worked for a pool company & then Rawson Homes? The one with the beautiful blue eyes and friendly persona….if it is, it’s so hard to swallow. I feel for the kids, absolutely tragic.

ktm ktm 6:36 pm 20 Jul 10

His name was Matt Butt, his funeral is friday.

Ernie Ernie 9:49 pm 19 Jul 10

I have been checking in here everyday to see if the names have been released yet. I hope it isn’t someone I know but regardless, it is a very tragic outcome for those little kids. So sad.

I-filed I-filed 7:33 pm 19 Jul 10

Announced on the Intranet by the Secretary of the Department this morning, apparently. HR professional.

Thumper Thumper 10:01 pm 16 Jul 10

Yep, Mr and Ms thumper both worked with this girl.


Cathrine Cathrine 9:24 pm 16 Jul 10

I fear I know one of whom is now dead, but I reiterate, until we are told officially, we cannot speculate. Rest in peace, the innocent victim and rot in hell, the perpetrator! Everyone else – please do not play games speculating.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 8:25 pm 14 Jul 10

Thumper said :

very, very sad…

+1. A tragedy. Hope the family finds a way to move on with their lives.

Thumper Thumper 6:21 pm 14 Jul 10

very, very sad…

ktm ktm 6:01 pm 14 Jul 10

it was number 67, i worked with the guy until a few months ago when he left to join the public service, Her whole family lives in the USA that’s why they haven’t released names as they are trying to get hold of them, they had two young kids and they are who i feel sorry for the most, this is one of those cases where you would never guess someone had that in them.

bloodymary bloodymary 4:26 pm 14 Jul 10

may they rest in peace….

bloodymary bloodymary 4:24 pm 14 Jul 10

hk0reduck said :

Picture on the below article solidifies that it’s not no. 71 where it occurred.

thanks for the link. there is a photo of the house.i now know the house number. you can look it at google map. drag the people icon in to the map then start navigating through. it is 2 houses to the left facing the property on sale in allhomes.

Rikstr Rikstr 3:40 pm 14 Jul 10

Wow my friend lives at 71, I will have to tell them about the exposure they are getting on here.

mi mi 1:23 pm 14 Jul 10

thank you Cathrine

Cathrine Cathrine 12:35 am 14 Jul 10

None of you really know until their names are released, officially. This is an dreadful situation in which I wiah none of you ever have to closely experience

steveu steveu 2:25 pm 13 Jul 10

amarooresident3 said :

steveu said :

another outcome of the family court system.

Really? How do you know that? Might as well say it is an outcome of easily accessable firearms.

I think the fact that the couple were recently sperated, and there were kids involved, makes the balance of probability this very much the case.

hk0reduck hk0reduck 2:22 pm 13 Jul 10

Or no. 69 for that matter.

hk0reduck hk0reduck 2:22 pm 13 Jul 10
cleo cleo 10:27 pm 12 Jul 10

It’s really sad, that the one responsible for the deaths didn’t get counselling, now the lives of family and friends will never be the same again.

Ian Ian 9:55 pm 12 Jul 10

steveu said :

another outcome of the family court system.

No, an outcome of someone’s inability to handle rejection and them having access to firearms.

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