Tiahleigh Palmer's death prompts calls for school cameras

IPSWICH'S mayor has called for security cameras to be installed in schools to protect children from predators following the suspected murder of Tiahleigh Palmer.

About 300 people attended a candlelight vigil on Sunday night for the Year 7 student at a park near her Marsden State High School, the ABC reported.

They wore Tiahleigh's favourite colour, purple, and the haka was performed. Flowers, toys and photos were left at the school's gate.

Tiah's naked body was found by fishermen on a remote stretch of riverbank on the Gold Coast.

Her school uniform and backpack have not yet been found.

Continued public appeal for information

Police are continuing to appeal for information in relation to the death of Tiahleigh Palmer. Anyone who has information about the following is urged to contact police: - Her movements, whereabouts, plans and any conversations she had in the lead up to Friday October 30- CCTV footage and GoPro footage of the area around the school including Chambers Flat Road and Muchow Road between dawn and dusk on Friday October 30.- Who was around the Pimpama Bridge area on Kerkin Road North in the past seven days (from November 5) to come forward. - Her school uniform and backpack, which have not been located.

Posted by Queensland Police Service on Sunday, November 8, 2015

Detectives investigating the suspicious death  continue to appeal for public assistance.

Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police are in particular asking for any motorists, cyclist or anyone else who was travelling on Chambers Flat Road or Muchow Road on Friday, October 30 and had a dash cam or a similar type of recording device with that footage still available to contact Crime Stoppers.

Police are also continuing to appeal to the public to come forward if they were in the vicinity of the bridge over the Pimpama River on Kerkin Road North between October 30 and November 6.

A beautiful tribute for Tiahleigh Palmer.            Photo: Amanda Callaghan Styles‎ via Facebook
A beautiful tribute for Tiahleigh Palmer. Photo: Amanda Callaghan Styles‎ via Facebook

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Mayor Pisasale said the call for dashcam footage would not be necessary if cameras were in schools.

"It is about time local, state and federal governments start to get it," he said.

"These predators hang around our schools that we can't put cameras in to protect our children. Schools have got 40-kilometre zones in, but we need those cameras around.

"What is the cost to the community when we have lost a child?"

Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston, who is running for mayor in Logan, said the welfare of children should come before privacy.

"These cameras can save lives, track offenders, help police determine the type of people of people we don't want hanging around our schools," she said.

Police have confirmed they are examining the records of convicted sex offenders in the area.

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