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Source: AAP | Published: Monday June 26, 11:18 AM
Police confirm suicide note
The note penned just days before the tragedy which killed at least 15 young backpackers was yet to be verified as being written by 37-year-old Robert Long, Chief Superintendent Ken Benjamin
"I have a note but we have not had the handwriting verified at the present time, so I'm not at liberty to discuss it," he said.
Meanwhile, the nationwide hunt for Long - who was evicted from the hostel days before the fire - is continuing with police appealing for locals, truck drivers and highway commuters to report any
activity on the highway or in the area.
"If they were travelling through here particularly on the night we want them to ring up and let us know, however insignificant, anything they may have seen. We want locals to report any clothes or
food that may have gone missing," he said.
Superintendent Benjamin also said police were looking for video footage or photographs taken on the night of the fire to assist in the investigation.
"We've got information that people were taking still pictures or videotaped footage at the time of the fire, and we also have information that someone is trying to sell that to a media outlet," he said.
The tiny Queensland town of Childers is continuing to grapple with the horrific fire as families of survivors and victims make there way to the town.
Superintendent Benjamin said police would continue the grim task of removing bodies from the upper level of the burnt out two storey hostel.
He said a large refrigeration container carrying the bodies was expected to be taken to Brisbane today so post mortem examinations can begin.
Police have taken statements from up to 100 people, including the 70 survivors who were forced to flee the inferno when it erupted at 12.30 am last Friday.
"It's a big investigation and it's a very important investigation because there is a lot of national and international focus," Superintendent Benjamin said.
He said scientific tests of evidence removed from the site were still yet to determine whether the fire was accidental or arson.