A murder probe has been launched by Australian police after the remains of an Indonesian woman were reportedly found boiling on her boyfriend's stove in an apartment in Brisbane.
Local media has reported that police — responding to neighbors' reports of a terrible smell — found parts of the woman's body cooking in a pot when they visited the home in an upmarket area of Brisbane on Saturday night.
It is believed the woman was killed and dismembered by her 28-year-old Australian boyfriend, who fled the apartment when police arrived and then took his life.
Police have given few details on the case, but confirmed that human remains were found inside the apartment in Teneriffe and that a man's body was found in a nearby street, Agence France-Presse reported.
"Management were concerned about the welfare of some occupants," Detective Inspector Tom Armitt told AFP. "Upon attendance there, we've had cause to commence an investigation in relation to a murder-suicide."
Residents at the Double One 3 apartment complex, where the murder is alleged to have taken place, told local media a terrible stench had pervaded the building since late last week. One resident told the Brisbane Times it smelt like “rotting meat.”
Queensland's Courier-Mail has reported the dead man was a 28-year-old chef named Marcus Peter Volke, who had worked on cruise ships and had recently moved into the apartment with his Indonesian girlfriend. She has been named by the paper as Mayang Prasetyo.
Police would not comment on the paper's report that the man slit his own throat after he fled the apartment, or that they had found parts of the woman's body cooking in an industrial pot on the stove.
Forensic officers were at the scene on Monday, with drums used to store medical waste rolled out of the apartment by officers, reports said.