THE family members of the people killed in Monday's shocking triple murder and suicide have defended the actions of police.
There was about an eight-hour gap between when Queensland Police discovered the bodies of Antony Way and Tania Simpson at an Arbour Ave unit in Robina, and a plea for the public's help to find Ms Simpson's five-year-old daughter Kyla Rogers.
Kyla and her 40-year-old father, Paul Rogers, were found dead in a car near the northern NSW town of Casino on Monday night.
Kyla's uncle said police could not have done more in their search for Kyla.
Ben Simpson yesterday thanked police for their support in the days since the bodies of his sister, Ms Simpson, her daughter Kyla and Mr Way were found by police.
“The police have been fantastic. There's no more words that I can say about the police. They've treated this so well and I really appreciate their support and help as well,” Mr Simpson said.
“I believe the police have done everything in their power and there's nothing else that they could have done or we could have done.”
A New Zealand Police representative said Antony Way's family members, who live in Nelson and Blenheim, New Zealand, were devastated by the murder.
“The family plans to hold a memorial service on the Gold Coast, followed by a funeral in Nelson,” the representative said.
Police yesterday defended the eight-hour gap between the discovery of Kyla's mother and the plea for help, while Premier Anna Bligh said on Tuesday the circumstances of “this terrible, terrible tragedy would be investigated. There will be lessons from this awful case, and I'm determined to make sure that we learn them, whether it's among the police or anybody else who could have helped,” she said.
Police have not confirmed the cause of death of the victims and are waiting on the coroners' report.
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