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Son charged over the alleged murder of Gold Coast mum



The son of a "gentle, funny, caring" Gold Coast mother has been charged with her murder after the 61-year-old's body was found in the boot of a car.

Wendy Sleeman's body was found inside her blue Honda Jazz on January 26 after she went missing two days earlier.

Police were called to the 61-year-old's Elanora home on January 24 but Sleeman was missing when police arrived 30 minutes later.

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A crime scene was declared after police allege a large amount of blood was found at the property.

Her son Slade Murdok was arrested a day later and charged with various domestic violence-related charges and criminal counts of kidnapping, assault, stalking and attempted arson.

The 30-year-old was denied bail when he faced court on January 26.

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Wendy Sleeman and Slade Murdok missing from Elanora.

After a two-day search for the missing woman, electronic data led police to a garage in Wilston where they found Sleeman's body.

Queensland Police today charged Murdok with one count of murder (domestic violence).

He will face Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

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Wendy Sleeman and Slade Murdok missing from Elanora.

Sleeman's brother and sister said today they are "profoundly saddened" by the Gold Coast woman's death.

"We can now lay our beloved sister to rest," Mike and Meg Sleeman said in a statement released by police.

"She was gentle, funny, caring, clever, loved her labradors and always thought of other people before herself.

"We will miss our beloved sister forever and ask for you to respect our privacy at this terrible time."

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000.

Help is available from the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491.

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