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Son of missing Gold Coast teacher charged with multiple offences

The son of Gold Coast woman Wendy Sleeman has been charged with multiple domestic violence offenses as police continue to search for the missing 61-year-old teacher in Queensland.

Sleeman, 61, called the police after she came home to find her Ironbark Street home in Elanorahad had been allegedly broken into around 3pm yesterday.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said within half an hour of Sleeman reporting the crime, she had disappeared.

Wendy Sleeman went missing half an hour after reporting a break and enter. (Queensland Police)

Her 30-year-old son was arrested without incident shortly before 5pm yesterday.

He has now been charged with three counts of contravention of domestic violence order, and one count each of unlawful stalking, burglary, assault occasioning bodily harm, kidnapping, attempted arson, and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He will face court in Brisbane today.

Police allegedly found blood in the home and a doormat on fire at the Elanora home.

“The scene behind us would indicate there’s been some violence there and also evidence that a fire had begun but it was extinguished,” Smith said.

Sleeman’s son was allegedly spotted walking towards his mother’s home yesterday afternoon, dressed in dark clothes and carrying a backpack.

Wendy Sleeman and Slade Murdoch missing from Elanora.
The blue Honda Jazz police are searching for. (Queensland Police)

He left his white Ford sedan parked around the corner.

Later, he allegedly drove out of Sleeman’s house in her blue Honda Jazz with the registration 952AT4.

Police continue to search for both Sleeman and the car.

“Wendy is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 153cm tall with a heavy build and short brown hair,” police said.

“Slade is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 180cm tall with a proportionate build and dark brown hair.”

Police continue to hold “grave concerns” for Sleeman’s well-being.

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