Police search resumes in NSW Southern Tablelands for Sydney couple Jesse Baird and Luke Davies

The desperate search for the bodies of slain Sydney couple Jesse Baird and Luke Davies at a remote NSW property will resume on Monday, as calls mount for answers into the pair’s death.

Police established a crime scene on Sunday at Hazelton Rd at Bungonia, in the state’s Southern Tablelands, with divers understood to have been searching two dams on private property.

Campers at a nearby campground told Nine they had not noticed any “unusual activity”, with an increased police presence in town and a NSW Police helicopter seen circling the area on Sunday.

The site, one of multiple crime scenes, is about 200km south of Mr Baird’s Paddington home where police allege the couple were killed by former police officer Beau Lamarre-Condon.

Mr Lamarre-Condon has since been charged with two counts of murder after police allegedly located a projectile linked to a NSW Police-issued Glock firearm. He was refused bail on Friday.

Nine papers reported on Sunday that Mr Baird had told friends he had seen a “shadowy figure” at the end of his bed late at night in recent months, but that the break-in was not reported to police.

The alleged break-in is reportedly being investigated in relation to the deaths by the homicide squad, with searches also underway in waterways in the Newcastle suburb of Lambton on Saturday.

The revelations come as tributes continue to flow for Mr Davies and Mr Baird, who worked as a reporter and presenter for Channel 10. The station remembered Baird as a “cherished friend”.

“Jesse was so much more than a colleague. He was a cherished friend who brightened every day with his positivity, cheeky winks and brilliant smile,” a statement issued on Sunday read.

“As his workmates and friends, we are completely shattered. Nothing was ever too much trouble. He worked so hard to make his dreams come true. He was up for anything and the life of the party always.

“Our hearts ache for his family … We’re also thinking of Luke’s family and what could have been for both of them. Jesse & Luke, forever adored. Forever young and beautiful. Inside and out.”

The Project co-host Sarah Harris also made an emotional tribute on Sunday night to her former Studio 10 colleague, telling viewers it had been a “really hard week” for a lot of network’s staff.

“He was our friend. He was like a little brother. He was one of those kids that lit up not just the screen but the room, also. He was one of those kids who had a big smile, big talent, and even bigger heart,” she said.

Flowers and other tributes were seen being placed outside Mr Baird’s home over the weekend, amid calls for NSW Police to potentially withdraw from the upcoming Mardi Grass event.

The couple’s alleged murder was met with an outpouring of grief from the LGBTQ+ community, with groups like the LGBTQ DV Awareness Foundation refocusing efforts on awareness campaigns.

Police allege the couple were killed by celebrity blogger turned accused killer cop Mr Lamarre-Condon inside Mr Baird’s Paddington home sometime between 12am and 5:30am on Monday morning.

Mr Lamarre-Condon allegedly used a hired Toyota HiAce to transport and dispose of the couple’s bodies, which have not been located. He was due to return to work on Tuesday but called in sick and failed to show up to work the next day.

The cops pistol, which was allegedly fired inside Mr Baird’s Paddington terrace, was checked back into a suburban police station on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old appeared before Waverley Local Court on Friday afternoon and did not apply for bail.

His case was adjourned to April 23.

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