Families hope for mystery deaths answers
A pathologist and forensic experts will be sought to answer lingering questions surrounding the deaths of Ms Arnold and best friend Julie-Anne Leahy before a third inquest begins in the Far North on November 14.
At a pre-inquest hearing in Brisbane yesterday, the State Coroner’s office committed to providing the women’s families with a "comprehensive and carefully analysed" review of what has become one of the Far North’s most infamous cold cases.
Trail bike riders found the bodies of Ms Arnold, 27, and Mrs Leahy, 26, in a four-wheel-drive at Cherry Tree Creek on August 12, 1991 – two weeks after they failed to return from a fishing trip.
Mrs Leahy’s body was held upright in the driver’s seat by a seatbelt wrapped tightly around her neck; she had two gunshot wounds to the head, her throat was slashed and she had been bashed with a large rock.