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Search expands for bodies of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies

Alleged double murder

Police divers will on Monday resume searching for the bodies of former Ten presenter Jesse Baird and his flight attendant boyfriend Luke Davies in a waterway south-west of Sydney.

Their bodies have not been found since police discovered a blood-soaked crime scene in Baird’s home and later charged his ex-boyfriend, NSW Police Constable Beaumont Lamarre-Condon, 28, with double murder.

The search was expanded on Sunday to Bungonia, in the Southern Tablelands, about 200km from where the couple was believed to have been shot dead with Lamarre-Condon’s police gun in Paddington.

A crime scene was established and police divers scoured the waterway — believed to be a dam — on Hazelton Road, suspending the search just before 10pm Sunday to be continued on Monday.

On Saturday, police divers also searched a waterway in the suburb of Lambton, Newcastle, where the accused was believed to have been on Thursday night before he handed himself in to police on Friday.

 

Beaumont Lamarre-Condon, a serving NSW police officer and former celebrity blogger, has been charged with two counts of murder following the men’s disappearance.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said she understood there were still many unanswered questions, but asked the community for patience as police worked to determine what happened.

“I can reassure Luke and Jesse’s loved ones, and the people of NSW, that we are working around the clock to find those answers,” she said in a statement on Sunday.

Webb extended her “heartfelt condolences” to the families and friends of the missing men.

“It is difficult to comprehend the grief and pain of their loss,” she said.

“I acknowledge this week’s events are distressing for many and I share the sadness and shock about the alleged nature of Luke and Jesse’s deaths.”

Beaumont Lamarre-Condon has been charged with two counts of murder. Photo: NSW Police

Former Network Ten colleagues of Baird paid their respects on social media as mourners laid floral tributes outside the Paddington terrace house where police allege the murders took place.

Baird’s cousin said he was “beyond devastated” and remembered the 26-year-old as “one in a million”.

“I still can’t believe it. Most of my favourite memories in life were me Luke Brendan and you riding motorbikes, skiing, boating and camping,” Austin Baird wrote on Facebook.

“I’ll never forget our chats, all the times we would hang out on the weekends and go away with family and friends.”

‘Our hearts ache’

Channel Ten released a statement expressing the sorrow of Baird’s “shattered” former colleagues at the network.

“Jesse was so much more than a colleague. He was a cherished friend who brightened every day with his positivity, cheeky winks and brilliant smile,” the statement read.

“He could handle anything from croc feeding to speeding down a river on water skis on live TV – anything to keep the audience entertained.

“Through his roving reporter role he travelled the country and met hundreds of people from all walks of life. They were all without a doubt left a little brighter having been touched by his presence.”

“It is quite simply impossible to overstate how much we adored him.

“Our hearts ache for his family, who he loved so much and spoke of often. We’re also thinking of Luke’s family and what could have been for both of them.”

Floral tributes at Jesse Baird’s terrace home in Paddington, Sydney. Photo: AAP

Lamarre-Condon did not make a bail application when he appeared at Waverley Local Court on Friday and his matter was next set down for April 23 in Downing Centre Local Court.

The couple’s disappearance was considered suspicious when blood-stained possessions belonging to both of them were found in a skip bin in the southern Sydney suburb of Cronulla on Wednesday.

The discovery led police to Baird’s blood-smeared share house, about 30 kilometres away in inner-city Paddington.

Lamarre-Condon, who up until days ago had an active social media presence, joined the police force in 2019.

Photos posted online show the former celebrity blogger posing with dozens of A-listers including Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles.

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