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Man Charged With Murder After Body Found In Freezer

A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder over the alleged suspicious death of a former high school teacher south of Brisbane. 

Police confirmed the remains of David Thornton, 58, were found this week in a freezer buried in his backyard in Goodna, a suburb in the city of Ipswich.

Bobby Andrew Weaver, 24, was on Wednesday charged with one count of murder after being extradited to Queensland, from NSW -- where he was arrested.

He is expected to face Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.

David Thornton. Image: Queensland Police

Weaver, from nearby Peaks Crossing, was arrested at a Pacific Highway rest stop at Tyagarah, just north of Byron Bay on Tuesday.

Police will allege he had known Thornton for "most of his life".

The 58-year-old former teacher was last seen in North Ipswich on February 22 and was reported missing by his family on March 12.

Police began excavating a section of Thornton's backyard on Saturday evening and the digging resumed on Monday morning after new information was obtained from witnesses.

Police divers attended the Goodna property on Wednesday morning where they searched a creek as part of ongoing investigations.

READ MORE: Human Remains Found In Freezer Buried In Missing Father's Backyard

Image: Queensland Police
Police at the Goodna property. Image: Queensland Police

A small floral vigil has formed outside Thornton's property, where he lived alone.

One man, Tony Caruso, a family friend of Thornton, earlier told reporters he was laying a wreath “to remember him”.

Featured image: Queensland Police