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Dalby woman says CCTV won’t bring fiance back

HEART BROKEN: Sophie Lee Selman sits with two-year-old son Drake in the spot where his father’s body was found at Myall Creek in February this year.
HEART BROKEN: Sophie Lee Selman sits with two-year-old son Drake in the spot where his father’s body was found at Myall Creek in February this year. Melissa Mobbs

ALL Sophie Lee Selman wants is closure, but the Dalby mum will never know what really happened the night she lost the love of her life.

Ms Selman said her last goodbye to fiance Doug McDermott in February this year when he tragically died at Dalby's Myall Creek.

Now, Ms Selman said the announcement that council was considering placing CCTV footage around the creek area was "a little too late".

"Why didn't they have any cameras along the creek years ago?" she said.

"So many people have lost loved ones over the years there and get no answers.

"If there were cameras, I would have had answers on what happened to Doug, I would have had something to tell our son when he is older and he starts asking what happened to his dad."

Despite her grief, Ms Selman said she was glad other families could have peace of mind.

"If this happens to another family, which I truly hope it doesn't, they won't be wondering for the rest of their life what happened to their loved one," she said.

"Having no answers is the worst thing."

Acting Inspector for the Dalby-Burnett patrol group Terry McCullough said the cameras would assist police processes.

"They are certainly a good evidence gathering tool and have proven in the past to be of great assistance when crimes have been committed within the town," Acting Inspector McCullough said.

He said the surveillance would also allow police to intervene earlier.

"It can speed up responses," he said.

"We can view the surveillance in the station and if we notice unruly behaviour about to unfold we can task a crew to go down to the location."

Western Downs Regional Council are yet to disclose the precise locations of the planned CCTV cameras and Mayor Ray Brown said the project would still need to be reviewed by council.

"We will be looking particularly at the CBD and the Myall Creek network, but we need to work closely with police before we determine the suitable locations to ensure the safety of our community," Cr Brown said.


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