A TANAWHA woman has been charged with the gruesome murder of the man she claimed to be engaged to marry.
Lindy Yvonne Williams, 56, faced the Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday charged with murdering George Gerbic, 66, and interfering with his corpse between September 2 and 20 last year.
The charges follow a 10-month police investigation after a headless torso was discovered on Cedar Pocket Rd, near Gympie, on September 19 last year.
Ms Williams was charged on Wednesday night, barely 24 hours after police appealed for information about a gold, bronze or orange hatchback seen in the area just before the discovery of the body.
The mother-of-two and businesswoman sat quietly and attentively in court during proceedings which lasted only a few minutes.
Her two adult sons and two women had waited in the public gallery as other matters were dealt with for some time before a watchhouse officer led her into the court room.
She surveyed the public gallery and mouthed words to her sons before proceedings commenced.
One of her boys dropped his head as he struggled to contain his emotions.
Legal aid lawyer Michael Robinson sought an adjournment of at least six weeks while detectives prepare a full brief of evidence against Ms Williams.
Magistrate Annette Hennessy set the matter for committal mention on September 1, at 9.30am.
Ms Williams was remanded in custody.
Any application for bail would have to be heard in the Supreme Court.
After the hearing, Acting Detective Inspector Nikki Colfs said charges had been laid folllowing "a lot of hard work and dedication" by detectives and a range of people.
She said police were still investigating why Mr Gerbic, who had been prominent in the real estate industry and active in politics and sport, had not been reported missing earlier.
She described Mr Gerbic's death as tragic and pointed out the impact on both his and Ms Williams' families "has been absolutely devastating".