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Death in Dunlop

By johnboy 11 July 2010 44

[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.

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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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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 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 6:36 pm 20 Jul 10

His name was Matt Butt, his funeral is friday.

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.

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