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Maleny Man to face murder
charge in June 2003
by Cameron Outridge

A Maleny man who escaped from police on the weekend has been charged with murder following his re-capture.   Mike Anthony Grupe, 28, will appear in Maroochy Magistrate’s Court on June 11 to face charges including murder, attempted murder, escaping custody, assaulting police and interfering with a body.

Fifty police were involved in the search for Grupe after he overpowered two detectives and escaped as they were at his rented Stanley River Road home on Friday night. The former soldier turned himself in on Sunday.    Grupe was assisting police on Friday in Conondale State Forest near where the body of a 31-year-old Kingaroy man (also an ex-soldier) was found in a freshly dug shallow grave. Police squads scoured the area.   They set up road blocks and searched a 20 square kilometre cordoned off area of bush outside Maleny.

Mike Grupe-Escapee

House where Grupe resided and from where
he fled during questioning

After his re-arrest Grupe took detectives to State Forest about 2km from the grave.  There he showed them two barrels filled with semi-automatic handguns, a revolver, five rifles, two knives and army supplies including a hand grenade and ammunition, boots, a smoke grenade and water flasks.    Also found were military and government books and a novel by Leo Kessler (Kommando) about Adolf Hitler’s special forces and missions by Nazi agents. Police will allege Mr Grupe shot his house guest and disposed of the body in bushland after an argument at Mr Grupe’s house on Wednesday.   A third man 23, from Kingaroy, also suffered gun shot wounds at the scene.    He is a witness.   He is recovering in hospital.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.