Four ‘persons of interest’ in the carjacking of a 70-year-old retired religious teacher have been pictured by police in a desperate bid to track down those responsible for her murder.
Vyleen White (70) was stabbed to death on Saturday around 18:10 in the underground car park of Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Centre, in the south-west of Brisbane.
Her six-year-old granddaughter witnessed the horrific attack and screamed for help as the knifeman fled in her grandmother’s blue 2009 Hyundai Getz.
Ms White’s stolen car was later found in Springfield Lakes and seized for forensic examination.
Detectives from Ipswich and the Homicide Investigation Unit on Sunday released CCTV footage of four people they believe could help with their investigation.
The group is described as possibly a mixture of mature and young African males in appearance.
“Investigators believe the four people depicted in the vision, captured from a Bruny Street, Springfield Lakes address last night, may be able to assist them with their enquiries,” Queensland Police said.
‘The vision also depicts a vehicle of interest previously mentioned in an earlier media release, a blue 2009 Hyundai Getz with Queensland registration 432 TYO.’
Investigators are appealing for anyone who saw the group in the Redbank Plains and Springfield Lakes areas between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday to contact police.
People with relevant CCTV and dashcam footage have also been asked to come forward.
Ms White’s daughter, Danice White, revealed the grandmother had been grocery shopping at the center ahead of plans for Bible study later on Saturday night.
“We’re all pretty numb and shaking and we’ve got high blood pressure right now,” Danice said Courier mail of her family.
“I’m having trouble controlling my thoughts right now.”
The 70-year-old retiree was remembered as kind-hearted with a commitment to helping others, especially the homeless.
She was also about to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, who relied on her help to navigate the world after she went blind.
Local doctor Ademola Afolabi was the first person to arrive at the confrontational scene of the stabbing.
He has me. White’s granddaughter heard screaming ‘my grandma is dead’ and followed her to the parking lot.
“I saw a lady in a pool of blood, she was unresponsive so I called triple-0,” he said.
“Her pants were soaked in blood, probably bleeding from the breast area.”
Mr. Afolabi said it was ‘too late’ to tell Ms. to help White by the time paramedics arrived, adding her attacker ‘didn’t give her a chance’.
Vyleen White (pictured) was stabbed to death in the underground car park of Town Square Redbank Plains Shopping Center on Saturday
Detective Acting Superintendent Heath McQueen described the incident as ‘very distressing’.
“We can assure you that we are committing a large number of resources to this investigation tonight,” he said.
“We will continue to investigate this 24 hours a day, we will use all the resources at our disposal to track down and apprehend this offender.”
The attack was so aggressive that seasoned officers were ‘flabbergasted’ when they watched footage of the incident.
More to come.