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Police seek public aid in Baden-Clay case: Did the killer drive through the Kenmore roundabout

Does this intersection hold the clue to the Baden-Clay murder?

The police are rightly playing their cards close to their chest in the Allison Baden-Clay murder investigation.

Did the killer drive through the Kenmore roundabout at the corner of Moggill Road and Brookfield Road on the night of the murder between 11.30pm on Thursday 19 April 2012 and 4:00am the following morning?   Was Allison still alive in the killer's car at that time or did she die later?

Even if the killer did traverse this route, the camera may not have captured that exact moment.  Take a look at the above image from the position of the Department of Transport and Main Roads CCTV traffic camera at that location.  The camera points east towards Indooroopilly, meaning that a vehicle turning right from Brookfield Road into Moggill Road would be in view of the camera for a maximum of just over 1 second., perhaps a fraction less. 

With the camera updating public images only every 60 seconds, the chances of capturing a particular vehicle at any specific time of the day or night would be at long odds.  A vehicle on Moggill Road travelling eastbound from the direction of Moggill, turning left into Brookfield Road would not be captured at all. 

This camera may hold the key clue to the murder. 

Equally, the killer may have avoided being captured on this CCTV installation by the barest of seconds.

Either way, the Brisbane community rumour mill is now in feverish overdrive that the police will wrap up this case very soon with residents in homes, workplaces and street corners openly opinionating their views.

Like the unsolved Betty Shanks murder in Brisbane in 1952, the Baden-Clay murder will be etched into the minds of the people of Brisbane for generations to come.

The on-going tangled web of circumstantial evidence will slowly but surely point to the killer whose days of freedom can probably be counted on a single hand.

It is not too hard to predict what will happen from here. 

Just like Graham Stafford who was hauled into the Goodna Police Station in September 1991 for questioning over the brutal murder of schoolgirl Leanne Holland and who never tasted freedom from that day for 15 years, the eventual suspect in the murder of Allison Baden-Clay is likely to be taken for serious questionning to the Indooroopilly Police Station on Moggill Road opposite Indooroopily Shopping Centre and, subject to a succesful prosecution for murder in the Supreme Court, remain incarcerated from that moment for the next 20 years or even longer, given the gravity of this horrendous crime.

POLICE investigating the death of Allison Baden-Clay have interviewed a female former colleague of her husband, Gerard, for the third time, declaring they are "keeping an open mind" in their hunt for the Brookfield mum's killer.

Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said there had been a "substantial amount of information to trawl through", along with several people they still needed to interview or re-interview.

Police have also increased their focus on vehicle movements in the Brookfield area on the night of the 43-year-old's disappearance.

They have appealed to the public for information about anyone travelling specifically near the roundabout at the intersection of Moggill and Brookfield roads between 11.30pm on Thursday, April 19 and the following day at 4am.

The roundabout, which is monitored by a CCTV traffic camera, is on the main route between Mrs Baden-Clay's Brookfield home and the Kholo Creek bridge on Mt Crosby Road at Anstead, where her body was found on Monday.

Anyone who used the roundabout is urged to get in touch with police.

3 May 2012