Update regarding Yerrabi Pond deaths

Media statement

ACT Policing homicide detectives, at the direction of the coroner are continuing to investigate the death of a woman and her two children that were located deceased in Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin last weekend (Saturday and Sunday 5-6 November 2022).  

The case, at this early stage, is being treated as a murder-suicide with only the three deceased involved. However, because the investigation is complex and has not been completed, the circumstances surrounding the deaths have not been the subject of a detailed report to the coroner.  

As the investigation is not complete it is not appropriate to release any further information at this time.  It is the responsibility of the coroner to make findings as to the manner and cause of death. Those findings will be produced publicly when the coronial investigation (and if necessary, a hearing) has been completed.   

At the height of the search more than 30 police and more than 50 ACT State Emergency Service personnel were deployed. ACT Policing would like to thank ACT SES, AFP Maritime and AFP Search and Rescue for their efforts on the weekend.  

If anyone is having difficulty with this news, they are encouraged to seek support through specialist services such as Lifeline on 13 11 14  or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.  

ACT Policing has no further comment regarding this incident at this time. 


Media enquiries 

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au 

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