It was discovered on Tuesday morning that the prisoner responsible for the death of Tiahleigh Palmer, a schoolgirl from Queensland, was unresponsive in his cell.
On Tuesday morning, corrections authorities at Wolston Prison found Tiahleigh’s foster father, Rick Thorburn, 62, in his cell. Thorburn is currently serving a life term for the 2015 murder of Tiahleigh, who was 12 years old.
According to the sources, Thorburn has been found unresponsive in his cell on at least two other occasions in the past.
According to a representative for Queensland Corrective Services on Tuesday morning, Thorburn was brought to the hospital from Wolston Correctional Facility after being discovered unresponsive in his cell around 8:30 a.m.
She stated that the initial information was that Thorburn appeared to be fine earlier in the morning but was subsequently discovered unconscious.
“At the time, he was confined to a single cell,” she explained.
“Responding police immediately began first aid on the prisoner and collaborated with staff from Queensland Health to stabilise the patient while waiting for the arrival of paramedics.”
On the sixth day after Tiahleigh vanished while she was in the care of Thorburn and his family, her body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River on the Gold Coast. She had been partially immersed in the water.
According to the findings of a coroner’s investigation that was conducted in Logan a year ago, Thorburn most likely suffocated or suffocated to death Tiahleigh at their home.
The confession was made by Trent Thorburn, Tiahleigh’s son, that he had sexual encounters with his mother before she passed away.
In the days leading up to Tiahleigh’s passing, Trent expressed anxiety to his mother about the possibility that he had conceived a child with Tiahleigh on one of the evenings before she passed away.