Police officers beside the undertaker's vehicle as the body of a man is removed from the home where he was murdered in the early hours of Tuesday.
Police officers beside the undertaker's vehicle as the body of a man is removed from the home where he was murdered in the early hours of Tuesday. Robyne Cuerel

Neighbour says police had been called to recent arguments

POLICE are trying to unravel the details of how and why a 69-year-old Maryborough man was murdered at his Jupiter St home on Tuesday morning.

The body of Richard Summers was found about 3am on Tuesday after police were called the unit block, but no details have been released about the cause of his death.

A 31-year-old man, Michael John Handyside, briefly fronted the Maryborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with murder.

Detective Inspector David Briese said Mr Handyside was well-known to the victim but could not comment further on the nature of their relationship.

Neighbours said they believed both men had lived there for about four months, but did not believe they were father and son.

One man, who lives nearby, said the police had been called to the address in recent weeks after a series of arguments.

"There have been a few problems here lately," he said.

Forensic officers were called from both Maryborough and Brisbane to investigate the scene.

Det Insp Briese said the home was likely to remain a crime scene until at least Wednesday.

"Full resources will be put into this investigation," he said.

He declined to comment Mr Summer's cause of death and said an autopsy would be conducted later this week to determine how the victim died.

Magistrate Barry Barrett remanded Mr Handyside in custody to appear in court again on October 21.



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