Detectives are investigating the death of a nine-month-old baby girl whose body was discovered on a popular Gold Coast beach overnight, less than a kilometre from the schoolies celebrations hub.
- Police believe the baby had been in the water
- The body was found on the edge of the surf by a member of the public
- New South Wales police are also assisting with the investigation
Police said a couple who are known to police — a 48-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman — were found at Broadbeach a short time later and are assisting detectives with their inquiries.
The baby girl was found unresponsive on Surfers Paradise Beach by a member of the public near the intersection of Staghorn Avenue and the Esplanade around 12:30am on Monday.
Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said the body was found on the edge of the surf.
“Clearly it had been in water … I don’t know how long for,” Detective Inspector Hogan said.
“This is a very tragic event and I wanted to thank police and emergency services who attended this morning … it’s a very sad situation.”
Detective Inspector Hogan said he believed the man and woman were partners and the baby belonged to them.
“We’ve got to dig into the background of the people involved and determine the exact nature of their relationship,” he said.
Police said despite attempts to revive the baby, she had no chance of survival.
Detective Inspector Hogan said the couple had been staying on the Gold Coast and New South Wales police would be involved in the investigation, with potential movements of the pair between Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast.
Police will also look through CCTV footage of the Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise areas.
Officers searched the beach in cars and by helicopter, but the area is no longer an active crime scene.
The Gold Coast is busy with tens of thousands of school leavers celebrating schoolies week.
A police spokesman said the death was “not schoolies related at all”, although the body was found only 750 metres from the main schoolies celebrations area.
Surfers Paradise Beach is a 3-kilometre coastline popular with locals and tourists and host to a number of hotels with schoolies staying in them.
More than 13,000 teenagers attended the first night of festivities on Saturday night with 22,000 graduates expected to be part of the end-of-year event.
Police said the person who reported the body was not a school leaver.