Flowers at the Paddington home of Jesse Baird
Tributes have left at the Paddington home of Jesse Baird, who missing with partner Luke Davies. Image by Bianca De Marchi/AAP PHOTOS
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Police desperate to find the bodies of missing couple

Maeve Bannister February 27, 2024

A police search of rural land for the bodies of a Sydney couple continues, more than a week after the pair is believed to have been murdered. 

Beaumont Lamarre-Condon, 28, is behind bars after being charged with murdering his former partner, ex-Ten reporter Jesse Baird, 26, and the man’s new boyfriend Luke Davies, 29, in Sydney on February 19.

The senior constable is accused of using his police-issued firearm to murder the couple after using a key to access Mr Baird’s Paddington home.

Police search for Jesse Baird and Luke Davies
 Police are searching an area in the Southern Tablelands of NSW for Jesse Baird and Luke Davies. Image by Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS 

Investigators allege the crimes followed a months-long campaign of “predatory behaviour”, culminating in the fatal shooting at the inner-city home.

It’s believed Lamarre-Condon acted alone but divulged “partial admissions” to others before he handed himself in to police. 

NSW Police officers on Sunday began to search dams at a property in Bungonia, near Goulburn almost 200km southeast of Sydney. 

A search of rural land near to the property was expected to continue on Monday night and into Tuesday. 

Deputy Commissioner David Hudson said the priority for police was to locate the bodies of Mr Baird and Mr Davies.

Luke Davies
 Police believe Luke Davies and his partner Jesse Baird have been shot dead. Image by HANDOUT/NSW POLICE 

“The accused has refused at this stage to assist us with our inquiries in relation to that, however, those inquiries will be ongoing,” Mr Hudson told reporters on Monday.

He said the investigation had been difficult given the intense media and public interest in the case. 

“We are investigating this to put a matter before the court … and to also give some solace to the families and friends of these two deceased individuals, Jesse and Luke, and we’re working very hard to do that at this stage,” Mr Hudson said. 

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