Teenage murder victim Tiffany Taylor was 20 weeks pregnant and allegedly met her killer on a dating website, her family and Queensland Police say.
The 16-year-old was last seen on July 12, leaving a motel at Logan, south of Brisbane where she lived with her boyfriend.
On Thursday night, Brisbane man Rodney Williams, 60, was charged with her murder, even though a body is yet to be found.
Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson claimed Williams met Ms Taylor via an online dating website, the day she disappeared.
“We’ve also been able to establish that Tiffany was offering sexual services for money over the online dating service.”
Ms Taylor’s elder sister Chloe and mother Leanne Dillon held a press conference today.
Chloe still holds out hope her younger sister is alive.
She had been living with and supporting her boyfriend of four years who was “heart broken beyond words”, Chloe said.
“I believe her word that she was pregnant,” she said.
“My sister was a lovely little girl, a good girl. Very friendly, she’d talk to anybody.
“This is very out of character. She is a young girl after a little bit of attention from the wrong people.
“She knew what she was doing, she knew what she was getting into.“
Chloe has pleaded for anyone who may have Ms Taylor to return her home.
“If you do have her, just hand her to us, because she’s not in any sort of trouble, we just want her home and safe,” Chloe said.
“She’s a very family orientated girl, which is why it’s very weird that she hasn’t come home.
“I still hold that hope every day.”
‘No proof of life’
Detective Superintendent Hutchinson said Ms Taylor left the hotel on 11:45 on Sunday July 12 “and took up with Mr Williams in his car”.
“Our investigations have failed to find any proof of life since that time.”
He said it was believed the teenager’s body may have been dumped near the Brisbane Valley Highway between the Warrego Highway and Fernvale.
“We do intend to hold SES searches in the area in the near future,” he said.
Detective Superintendent Hutchinson alleged the pair had been travelling in Williams’ champagne-coloured Hyundai and appealed for any information from the public.
Investigators are looking for a mauve/purple 1995 Hyundai Excel with Queensland registration 649VFO which may have been in an industrial estate near Logistics Place at Larapinta.