10 May 2023

Case still open as friends remember Pippa

| Cape York Weekly
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FRIENDS and loved ones gathered to celebrate the life of Pippa Lanko Diplock in Cooktown on Saturday, as police appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

A large crowd attended the Cooktown RSL Memorial Club on Saturday for a memorial service to remember and celebrate the 38-year-old long-time local.

Friends remembered her as a bright soul with an unquenchable zest for life, always ready with a smile and hug for those around her. Ms Diplock’s family also held a celebration of her life in Townsville in early March.

Ms Diplock’s body was found in a yard near her Marton home on February 6, with a police investigation by detectives from Cairns and Cooktown and a land search by SES providing little publicly available information.

The Queensland Coroner’s Court confirmed they were waiting for results from an autopsy, but could provide no more information.

Detectives leading the investigation declined a request for an interview, but a police spokesperson confirmed that Cooktown Criminal Investigation Branch was still investigating.

“Death investigations are detailed, often protracted, and this is not unusual,” they said.

“Post mortem timeframes are not a matter for Queensland Police, however they too can be protracted depending on a range of issues and medical factors.”

Police also appealed for anyone with information relevant to the investigation to contact them and said there was no reason for locals to be worried about the case.

“Police do not believe there is a need for community concern in relation to this investigation,” the spokesperson said.

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