Couple died a week before their bodies were found

NEIGHBOURLY KINDNESS: Long-time neighbours Fiona Grayson, Marg Wilkie and Valda Carey say looking out for one another is important for them.
NEIGHBOURLY KINDNESS: Long-time neighbours Fiona Grayson, Marg Wilkie and Valda Carey say looking out for one another is important for them.Sophie Lester

A WARWICK couple is believed to have lay dead in their home for up to a week, prompting calls for people to check on their neighbours.

The deaths come just one month after another Warwick woman’s death went unnoticed for up to six weeks.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found in a Wattle Ave home on Saturday night.

Detective Sergeant Darren Tamblyn said police investigators did not believe the deaths to be suicides.

A QPS spokeswoman confirmed there was no indication of foul play but autopsies still needed to be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Sgt Tamblyn said officers were yesterday working to find family.

Warwick Police officer in charge Jamie Deacon said welfare checks were a standard part of police work in the Rose City.

“It’s not an uncommon occurrence when people raise a concern with us,” Sergeant Deacon said.

“In those circumstances where people are unaccounted for or someone notices they’re not where they should it can often be a logical reason like they’ve gone away but unfortunately sometimes it isn’t.

“I think it’s always good to know your neighbours – you don’t necessarily have to see each other all the time but it’s good to keep an eye out for one another.”

For 80-year-old Marg Wilkie, having good neighbours has always been important.

A member of the Warwick Senior Citizens, Mrs Wilkie said it was key to have someone check in.

“I think it’s so important to get along with your neighbours,” she said.

“Particularly when you’re on your own it’s great to have good neighbours.

“You don’t need to live in each other’s pockets but if you’re in trouble or they’re in trouble, you’re there to support one another.

“It’s something we do for one another at Warwick Senior Citizens as well, if someone who normally shows up doesn’t come we’ll call, and then if they don’t answer we’ll go around to check on them.

“I’d hate to think we did nothing when someone was in need of help.”

Valda and Ron Carey moved in next door to Mrs Wilkie on the very same day 24 years ago, while Fiona Grayson has been living on the other side for 18 years.

“Marg is a great neighbour,” Mrs Carey said.

“I look out the window to make sure she’s up and about and Ron will come over and do her mowing.”

“I see Marg most mornings putting her washing on the line and know she’s doing okay,” Mrs Grayson said.

“It’s good to be neighbourly to have someone to check your mail and the house when you go away on holidays, or be able to share extra vegetables with.”

“I’m very lucky I’ve got wonderful neighbours,” Mrs Wilkie said.

 

 

Source: Couple died a week before their bodies were found | Queensland Times