Killer dad’s lonely life before horror revealed

 

ROWAN Baxter had become a virtual recluse since separating from his wife Hannah in early December, his neighbours have revealed.

A neighbour of the Baxters said the couple lived at a rental house on Bridgnorth Street at Carindale for two years, but separated in early December.

"(Baxter) had been basically home on his own, except he had the kids for one Sunday about three weeks ago," the neighbour said.

Baxter had become reclusive, the neighbour said, to the point where he had not taken washing off the line in two months.

Washing had remained on Baxter’s clothesline for two months, neighbours said. Picture: Liam Kidston
Washing had remained on Baxter’s clothesline for two months, neighbours said. Picture: Liam Kidston

It is understood police are looking at whether Baxter suffered a mental breakdown in lead-up to yesterday's ordeal.

Faded sheets, towels and clothes hung in the sun in the Baxters' backyard.

Toys strewn across Baxter’s back patio. Picture: Liam Kidston
Toys strewn across Baxter’s back patio. Picture: Liam Kidston

Children's toys and other household items were strewn across the back patio.

The family's shed - which included fitness equipment and tools - was left wide open yesterday morning.

The radio in the main living area could be heard blaring from outside the house.

Baxter’s shed was wide open on Wednesday morning. Picture: Liam Kidston
Baxter’s shed was wide open on Wednesday morning. Picture: Liam Kidston

The neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he saw a dark coloured SUV at the house on Tuesday night.

The SUV was not Baxter's usual vehicle, the neighbour said.

The neighbour noticed the strange vehicle when he took his garbage out about 3am yesterday.

Shoes left outside the door at the Baxter’s home in Carindale. Picture: Liam Kidston
Shoes left outside the door at the Baxter’s home in Carindale. Picture: Liam Kidston

Someone then left in the SUV sometime between 6am and 7am Wednesday morning, the neighbour said.

"There was obviously something wrong because (Mrs Baxter) disappeared in early December and he's been home on his own with the dog."

Rowan Baxter had been living alone with his dog at the family’s Carindale rental home on Bridgnorth St. Picture: Liam Kidston
Rowan Baxter had been living alone with his dog at the family’s Carindale rental home on Bridgnorth St. Picture: Liam Kidston

A loved one came to collect the Baxters' family dog some hours after the incident yesterday, the neighbour said.

Rowan Baxter had been reclusive since separating from wife Hannah, neighbours said. Picture: Facebook
Rowan Baxter had been reclusive since separating from wife Hannah, neighbours said. Picture: Facebook

It's understood Baxter, who owned a gym until last year, was selling walking frames for a living and worked at a warehouse in Brisbane's east.

"The only time I heard his voice raised was when he was playing with kids, and that was because he was having fun," another neighbour said.

"It sounded like he was pretty close to his kids."


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