Stephanie Scott was last seen six days before her wedding. Photo / Supplied
A set of school keys given to murdered bride-to-be Stephanie Scott by
a colleague the last time she was seen alive were allegedly found at
the home of her accused killer Vincent Stanford.
police have charged school cleaner Stanford, 24, with the 26-year-old
teacher’s murder and will allege Stanford killed Ms Scott at some point
between 11am and 7.20pm on Sunday, before dumping her car and body.
Scott was last seen by a colleague at Leeton High School at 11am on
Sunday morning, when she picked up a set of keys to get into a classroom
so she could plan work for her students to do while she was on her
honeymoon in Tahiti.
Authorities allegedly began to focus their
investigation on Stanford after discovering he had given misleading
information about being at the school on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph reported.
He was not scheduled to clean the school that day.
Police allegedly found blood in Stanford’s car, and a photo of what appears to be a burnt body on a mobile phone.
Investigators spent most of yesterday combing through Stanford’s home.
items of interest in brown paper evidence bags were lined up outside
the back door of Stanford’s house in Leeton, 550 kilometres west of
Sydney, which he shares with his mother and older brother.
down the road from the single-storey home, Ms Scott’s grief-stricken
fiance Aaron Leeson-Woolley made an emotional visit to the makeshift
shrine outside the high school.
He broke down in tears at the
gates of the school, where family, friends and students have left
dozens of heartfelt tributes and yellow balloons.
Mr Leeson-Woolley was comforted by Ms Scott’s mother, Merrilyn, as he knelt with his hands to his face.
Dressed in a red and blue hoodie, he talked and embraced friends who were there to honour the English and drama teacher.
Ms Scott disappeared just six days before her wedding with Mr Leeson-Woolley, which was meant to take place on Saturday.
house was cordoned off as a team of police officers stood outside in
the front garden where a “For Sale” sign had been put up.
Next door, the shocked neighbours of Stanford told Daily Mail Australia about the accused killer who they used to chat with over the fence.
Gail Scanlan said he was a beautifully mannered and polite young man who wanted to get ahead in life.
is a big strong fellow with dark, black eyes, almost fully bald and he
sometimes wears a black beard,” Mrs Scanlan said.
“He was a professional cleaner in Holland and has all his certificates and papers and seems very good at his job.
“He works at two or three schools and was hoping to get a full-time job.”