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A police officer has emerged as a person of interest in the disappearance of an ex-Channel Ten presenter and his partner after their bloodstained clothes were dumped in a skip and the TV star’s blood-splattered home 30km away was declared a crime scene.

The network’s former red carpet reporter Jesse Baird and his Qantas flight attendant boyfriend Luke Davies are missing from the TV producer’s Paddington terrace in Sydney‘s east.

Mr Davies, 29, was believed to be with Mr Baird, 26, in Paddington on Monday but the pair then vanished and Mr Davies’ family have been unable to contact him.

It comes as police seized CCTV footage of the couple’s last known whereabouts on Monday night.

The couple were captured wandering outside Mr Baird’s Paddington home before heading towards the back of the terrace. Neither have been seen since.

A manhunt was launched after a pile of the couple’s bloodied clothes was found in a large skip bin in the centre of Cronulla in Sydney’s south at around 11am on Wednesday. 

Police then raced to Mr Baird’s $3million Federation terrace home in Paddington 30km away, where they found a ‘large amount of blood’ and bloodstained furniture.

Detectives are now investigating whether a third person could be involved after speaking with the families of the missing men on Thursday.

They have received information that a current NSW police officer once dated one of the men. That officer is yet to be located.

‘Following inquiries, detectives are looking at a line of inquiry that a third person may be able to assist with the investigation, a police statement read on Thursday night.

‘Police are currently trying to locate him.

‘Detectives will continue to look at all past relationships and associations.’

It was revealed on Thursday night that the AFL has been caught up in the men’s disappearance.

Mr Baird is also an AFL goal umpire who had been appointed to officiate a practice match between the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants earlier in the day.

The AFL confirmed that it contacted his family on Thursday after Mr Baird failed to show up to officiate the match.

Former Ten red carpet reporter Jesse Baird (right) and Qantas flight attendant boyfriend Luke Davies (left) have been reported missing from their Paddington home in Sydney 's east

Former Ten red carpet reporter Jesse Baird (right) and Qantas flight attendant boyfriend Luke Davies (left) have been reported missing from their Paddington home in Sydney ‘s east

Police have seized CCTV of the couple's last known movements outside Mr Baird's Paddington terrace on Monday night

Police have seized CCTV of the couple’s last known movements outside Mr Baird’s Paddington terrace on Monday night

Detectives are said to be seeking Jesse Baird (centre)  to find out if he can shed any more light on where his partner might be

Detectives are said to be seeking Jesse Baird (centre)  to find out if he can shed any more light on where his partner might be

The manhunt was launched a pile of the couple's bloodied clothes were found 30km away in a large skip bin behind Club Cronulla, in Sydney's Sutherland Shire around 11am on Wednesda

The manhunt was launched a pile of the couple’s bloodied clothes were found 30km away in a large skip bin behind Club Cronulla, in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire around 11am on Wednesda

Neighbours near Mr Baird’s rented Paddington home heard an argument early on Monday morning but that wasn’t reported to police until they began canvassing the scene two days later.

Police say they’re not excluding any lines of inquiry, however now hold grave fears for both men.

Detectives are said to be seeking Mr Baird and his partner after Mr Davies’ home in Waterloo in Sydney’s inner-south was also found to be empty.

Detective Superintendent Jodi Radmore, Commander of Eastern Suburbs PAC, begged either of the men to make contact but said police now fear for both of them.

When asked if a third person could have been involved in the men’s disappearances, she said that the ‘primary line of inquiry’ was finding the missing men.

‘There has been some sort of incident which has more than likely happened at the Paddington address and that has given us grave concerns for one, possibly both,’ she said.

‘It’s very early stages in the investigation. We are still processing the Paddington address. All lines of enquiry are open.’

She said neighbours had heard some shouting coming from the rented Paddington terrace early on Monday morning, but that was only reported to police on Wednesday.

‘Witnesses reported a verbal argument but it wasn’t reported to police at the time … it was only when police were canvassing that they mentioned it,’ Det Superintendent Radmore said. 

Credit cards, wallets, a mobile phone and a $8000 watch had been found among the bloodied clothes in the skip in Cronulla.

Three cars belonging to the men have also been seized. Their bank accounts haven’t been touched since the weekend.

But Mr Baird’s bloodstained home has sparked serious concern for their fate, she said, admitting there was sufficient blood to believe at least one had suffered a ‘significant injury’.

Mr Baird was reported as being active online on Tuesday night.

Mr Davies last updated his social media five days ago with a series of photographs on Instagram of himself in the mountains around Vancouver in Canada.

Mr Davies grew up in Brisbane and recently moved to Sydney for work, according to friends. 

Qantas flight attendant Maddison Bradley – Mr Davies’ best friend – said he was ‘dearly adored’.

‘I hope we find him. He is such a sweet soul!’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

Luke Davies (right) recently moved to Sydney for work. Both he and his partner Jesse Baird are now missing

Luke Davies (right) recently moved to Sydney for work. Both he and his partner Jesse Baird are now missing

Qantas flight attendant Maddison Bradley (pictured with best friend Luke Davies) said he was 'dearly adored'

Qantas flight attendant Maddison Bradley (pictured with best friend Luke Davies) said he was ‘dearly adored’

Maddison Bradley said Luke Davies (pictured together) is 'driven, humble and super intelligent'

Maddison Bradley said Luke Davies (pictured together) is ‘driven, humble and super intelligent’

She added: ‘He is a fantastic person, so positive, bright and bubbly. We’ve been friends since 2017. 

‘We worked at Tigerair together and then he helped me get into Qantas.

‘He is an international flight attendant for Qantas and he is driven, humble and super intelligent.’

Friend Tomas Mian has known Mr Davies for ten years.

‘Luke has a lot of friends and is very fun social person. He is a kind and generous boy,’ he told news.com.au.

‘He seemed to love his new job. All of his Brisbane friends are in utter shock to only find this out today.’ 

Sophie Inez added: ‘I spoke to Luke just before he moved from Brisbane to Sydney with work a few months ago.’

‘He was so exited for his next chapter and flying long haul. He’s such a lovely and charismatic person.’

Other concerned friends took to Facebook to spread the word about the missing men.

I knew Luke back in my Brissy days and he recently moved to Sydney (Waterloo, but last seen in Paddington) for work. Please share this post and report any sightings or information, even if it seems insignificant,’ Anna Ghioni wrote.

On February 18, Mr Baird posted pictures of the pair together at Pink’s concert in Sydney two weeks ago.  

After three years with Studio 10, Mr Baird left his producer/presenter role with the show in January when it was axed by the network late last year. 

He had previously worked as a producer/presenter with Ten’s Totally Wild! show for four years as well as a seven-month stint hosting Gamify! for the network in 2019.

On Thursday, Totally Wild’s Ranger Stacey Thompson said she was stunned.

‘I’m shocked actually,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. ‘I worked with Jesse for a few years and we sat across from one another in the TW office.

‘He was a lovely work friend, always professional and keen to learn. I prefer not to comment further at this time, until more details come to light.’

Jesse Baird posted pictures four days ago of the pair together when they attended Pink's concert in Sydney two weeks ago (pictured)

Jesse Baird posted pictures four days ago of the pair together when they attended Pink’s concert in Sydney two weeks ago (pictured)

Jesse Baird (pictured) was last seen on Monday night while Mr Davies was reported missing by his family on Tuesday

Jesse Baird (pictured) was last seen on Monday night while Mr Davies was reported missing by his family on Tuesday

Police have launched an intense investigation in the neighbourhood around the home on Brown St, Paddington, (pictured) with neighbours quizzed for any possible clues

Police have launched an intense investigation in the neighbourhood around the home on Brown St, Paddington, (pictured) with neighbours quizzed for any possible clues

Police raced to Baird's Paddington home (pictured) after the discovery of bloodied clothes 30km away where they found a 'large amount of blood', including bloodstained furniture

Police raced to Baird’s Paddington home (pictured) after the discovery of bloodied clothes 30km away where they found a ‘large amount of blood’, including bloodstained furniture

After entering the property, officers immediately established a crime scene

After entering the property, officers immediately established a crime scene

Police have launched an intense investigation in the neighbourhood around Mr Baird’s home on Brown St, Paddington, with neighbours quizzed for any possible clues.

Forensic experts combed through the home overnight after the alarm was first raised around 1pm on Wednesday.

A local resident told Daily Mail Australia police had pulled furniture out of the house and onto the street on Wednesday night as they scoured the scene.

‘There were some bookshelf-type things and they were roped off,’ she said.

‘There weren’t any soft furnishings (beds or couches) and I don’t know what they were doing with them.’

Police earlier issued a statement appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Forensic experts combed through the home overnight after the alarm was first raised around 1pm on Wednesday

Forensic experts combed through the home overnight after the alarm was first raised around 1pm on Wednesday

Furniture taken from the home appears to have been sprayed with blood

Furniture taken from the home appears to have been sprayed with blood  

Locals said police were seen taking out furniture and rolled carpet from the house yesterday

Locals said police were seen taking out furniture and rolled carpet from the house yesterday

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about Luke's whereabouts ¿ or who may have information relevant to the investigation ¿ to contact Waverley Police or Crime Stoppers

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about Luke’s whereabouts – or who may have information relevant to the investigation – to contact Waverley Police or Crime Stoppers

‘Possessions belonging to 29-year-old Luke Davies and another man were found just after 11am on Wednesday in a skip-bin on Wilbar Avenue, Cronulla,’ said police.

‘Following inquiries, officers attached to Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command attended a home in Brown Street, Paddington, about 1pm on Wednesday.

‘After entering the property, officers immediately established a crime scene.

‘Police then attended Luke’s home in Waterloo, but he has not been located and his disappearance is being treated as suspicious.’

The statement added: ‘Investigators are now trying to determine the location of a 26-year-old man, who they believe can assist with inquiries.

Jesse Baird was a regular on Studio 10 chatting with stars like former Masterchef judge Matt Preston

Jesse Baird was a regular on Studio 10 chatting with stars like former Masterchef judge Matt Preston

He worked with stars including Sarah Harris (pictured)

He worked with stars including Sarah Harris (pictured)

He was also Studio 10's red carpet interview expert, popping up at gala premieres for blockbusters like Margot Robbie's Babylon (pictured)

He was also Studio 10’s red carpet interview expert, popping up at gala premieres for blockbusters like Margot Robbie’s Babylon (pictured)

‘Information indicates Luke was in Paddington on Monday. He has not been seen since, his family have been unable to contact him and he has not been at work.

‘Luke is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 170cm-175cm tall with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes. It’s not known what he was wearing at the time.

‘Police are appealing for anyone with information about Luke’s whereabouts – or who may have information relevant to the investigation – to contact Waverley Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.’

More to come. 



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