Search for Kyla has tragic end
PAUL Anthony Rogers had the names of his loved ones tattooed on his body in a display of admiration and love for his daughter, son and then-fiancée.
But at his own hand two of those loved ones are now dead.
Police were shaken by the discovery at 9.30pm on Monday of Mr Rogers and his five-year-old daughter Kyla in a car partly hidden in roadside scrub 30m off the Bruxner Highway at Piora, west of Casino.
Richmond Local Area Commander Superintendent Greg Martin said it was apparent the man and girl had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. The bodies will undergo autopsy in Brisbane and a report will be prepared for the Queensland Coroner.
A member of the public first sighted the car at 10.30am but only reported it to police after matching its description to details in an abduction alert issued by Queensland Police at 3.15pm Monday.
Police defended their decision to issue the alert eight hours after they knew Kyla was missing.
“You have to weigh up that you may tip off this person you are after and they may do something that is tragic, which was the case ... but we were not to know that,” Supt Martin said.
The fatal discovery was a devastating end to an interstate manhunt for Mr Rogers and Kyla after the double murder of Kyla’s mother Tania Simpson, 31, and family friend Antony Way, 33, at a Robina unit early on Monday.
Police claim Mr Rogers abducted Kyla from the unit after she slept through the murder. They believe Mr Rogers drove immediately to Piora and gassed the car. Kyla’s 20-month-old brother, now an orphan, escaped unharmed as he was staying with his grandparents on the night of the murder.
Mr Rogers and Ms Simpson lived in Inverell last year where they managed the Fossickers’ Rest Caravan Park, purchased by Ms Simpson’s father.
Police do not know why Mr Rogers chose to end his own life and that of his daughter on the side of the rural highway. They had thought he was making his way back to the Northern Tablelands.
One person who spoke to The Northern Star newspaper believed Mr Rogers and Ms Simpson could have once resided in the Mummulgum or Casino area, however, police said there was no evidence to support the claim.
The NZ Press reported the murder victim, Antony Way, and Mr Rogers were both originally from that country.
Casino resident and father of two daughters Ashley Rankin, laid flowers for Kyla at the site of her death in Piora yesterday while police conducted a search for further evidence at the site.
Kyla Roger’s name was initially reported as Kayla Rogers by police, which was incorrect.