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Bodies of murdered Australian TV presenter and boyfriend found

Police searched the rural property on Hazelton Road in Bungonia, New South Wales
Police searched the rural property on Hazelton Road in Bungonia, New South Wales - MICK TSIKAS/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Australian police found the bodies of a TV presenter and his flight attendant boyfriend in a rural area outside Sydney on Tuesday, acting on information from a police officer charged with their murder.

The discovery ends an almost week-long high-profile search for the remains of entertainment journalist Jesse Baird, 26, and Qantas flight attendant Luke Davies, 29.

“We are very confident we have located Luke and Jesse,” said the head of New South Wales Police Karen Webb, noting the families of the two victims had received the news with relief and sadness.

Luke Davies (left) and Jesse Baird
Luke Davies (left) and Jesse Baird - UNPIXS

A 28-year-old serving police constable who had been in a relationship with Mr Baird has been charged with two counts of murder.

“This information did come with the assistance of the accused,” Ms Webb said.

Police believe the pair were shot at a home in central Sydney before being loaded into surfboard bags and transported to a rural property about a two-hour drive from the city.

Ballistics tests showed a projectile found at the apartment matched that of a police-issue firearm. The weapon was later found inside a police station safe.

Police officer stands at a roadblock in Bungonia, in the state's Southern Tablelands
A police roadblock in Bungonia, in the state's Southern Tablelands - MICK TSIKAS/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Police allege the killings were “of a domestic nature” and not a “gay hate crime”.

Senior Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon is accused of shooting dead his ex-boyfriend Mr Baird, and Mr Davies, a week ago.

After the alleged murders, police say Mr Lamarre-Condon sent text messages from Mr Baird’s mobile phone, telling friends that he had decided to move cross country to Perth in Western Australia.

Police believe that two days later, Mr Lamarre-Condon used a white rental van to drive the bodies to a farm in Bungonia near Goulburn, about 125 miles southwest of Sydney.

He was charged after investigators linked the police firearm discharged at Mr Baird’s home to his work-issued gun.

A couple embrace at the home of the murder victims
A couple embrace at the home of the murder victims - MARK BAKER/AP

The suspect had been a celebrity chaser and blogger before joining the police force.

Mr Lamarre-Condon had been photographed with scores of stars including Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Ben Stiller.

He was previously investigated over the aggressive tasering of an Aboriginal man in 2020 after a video of the incident emerged online.

News reports from 2014 indicate that he came out publicly as gay by throwing a letter onstage at a Lady Gaga concert, which the star read out to a crowd that included his sister.