The body of a woman killed in an alleged suicide was found in a furniture box and had been there for at least a week, according to police.

A crime scene remains at the Sapphire apartment building while investigators continue to investigate the location where the bodies of the 48-year-old woman and her 53-year-old defacto partner of 10 were found Friday morning.

Gold Coast District Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said at a news conference Saturday morning that early investigations revealed that the woman had an illness and that her partner was also her caregiver.

It is believed that she died at least a week ago and the man recently passed away.

Inspection Ahearn said police had identified the man but could not yet clearly identify the woman.

“There is evidence that the male is responsible for the death of the female,” he said.

“The police had no contact with these people during this time, and there were no orders on domestic violence.

“One of the lines of our investigation is the state of health of the female before her tragic death.”

Inspection Ahearn said the bodies had been discovered by a facility manager who was conducting a social check and there was still no apparent sign of combat in the unit.

He encouraged anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“It is a tragic event, we are investing considerable resources in our investigation because we are anxious to get answers about how and why these two people died,” he said.

Police towed the couple’s car from the scene on Friday, and that is also being investigated.

Insp Ahearn said more information would be available after an autopsy was performed on Saturday.

“Our first signs are (the bodies were there) at least until last weekend, when states say they died for a period of time,” he said.

Insp Ahearn said he couldn’t comment too much on the scene as the forensic scientists were still working on it.

“You are originally from Victoria, but we believe you have lived in this apartment for three years.”

Police are investigating a suspected suicide after a man and woman were found dead in a unit on the Gold Coast.

Police were called to the unit at Sapphire in the Broadwater building at around 10:20 am after the body of a 53-year-old man was found.

The bulletin was told that police are investigating whether the deaths were suspected suicide.

Forensic scientists are on site and a patrol car is on the doorstep of the unit complex.

* For 24-hour support in the event of domestic violence, call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636. The Suicide Call Back service can be reached at 1300 659 467.

Sapphire at the Broadwater is a 2-tower complex with 62 two-bedroom apartments, 14 three-bedroom apartments and 1 four-bedroom apartment, according to developer Raptis.

The onlookers at Sapphire at Broadwater peered over their balconies to watch the excitement below.

A neighbor from the complex’s adjacent tower said he saw the police earlier in the day but thought nothing of it.

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