Update 2, death investigation, Manoora

Police have positively identified the victims of the homicide investigation currently underway in Cairns.

Four girls aged 14, 12, 11 and two, and four boys aged nine, eight, six and five were found within the Murray Street, Manoora home by police yesterday morning.

A 37-year-old woman is currently assisting police with their enquiries. The woman is the mother of the seven youngest children, and the aunt of the 14-year-old girl who was found within the house.

The names of the children and the suspect will not be released by the Queensland Police Service at present due to cultural sensitivities within the Manoora and Torres Strait community.

Forensic officers are still on site at the crime scene, and investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or 24hrs a day.

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