Woman found deceased at zoo - man charged

UPDATE at 1.30pm, Tuesday 19 December: ACT Policing homicide detectives have today charged a 29-year-old man with one count of murder during a bedside hearing following an incident at the National Zoo & Aquarium yesterday (Monday, 18 December 2023). The man was refused bail, and will next appear in court on 4 April 2024.


About 12.50pm yesterday (Monday, 18 December 2023), ACT Policing and emergency services responded to reports of a disturbance at the National Zoo & Aquarium.    

Police attended the location, and a 29-year-old woman was located deceased in a commercial kitchen area.

A person of interest, a 29-year-old man from Oaks Estate in the ACT, was taken into custody and was transported to hospital under police guard.

The zoo was closed, and police do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the public at this time.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing. Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.  Please quote reference 7623644. 

Note to media: A link to the media conference from ACT Policing Detective Superintendent of Criminal Investigations Hall O'Meagher held at 4pm on Monday (18 December 2023) can be found on the following Hightail llnk https://spaces.hightail.com/space/9k18WlZT3c



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

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