Man wanted over student murder
Police want to speak to 25-year-old Benjamin James Milward who they believe "was at the scene" when Sophie Collombet was murdered at South Brisbane.PT1M58S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-363zi 620 349 April 4, 2014
Who is Benjamin James Milward - the man with the dragon tattoo?
The 25-year-old, who grew up in Ipswich, was on Friday named as a person of interest in the suspicious death of 21-year-old French student Sophie Collombet in a South Brisbane park.
Person of interest in the death of Sophie Collombet, Benjamin James Milward. Photo: Queensland Police
And police are desperately trying to find him.
On the night of March 27, Mr Milward was captured in security footage in the area where Ms Collombet walked, after she got off a bus at the Cultural Centre at 8.47pm.
At 6am the following day, her beaten and naked body was found in a rotunda at Kurilpa Park, near the William Jolly Bridge.
Mr Milward has not been classified as a suspect yet, Inspector Rod Kemp said. However, police have urged anyone who sees him not to approach and to contact Crime Stoppers.
They have now turned to the public for help after regular search methods “struck out”.
"We don't know what his involvement in the matter is at this stage but he is a person that we wish to speak to," Inspector Kemp said on Friday.
"I would advise people not to approach him...If this person is involved in this, clearly they could strike again. What their state of mind was, who knows?”
Mr Milward is described as Caucasian, about 180 centimetres tall, with short fair hair, hazel eyes, a proportionate build and a dragon tattoo on the left side of his chest.
Fairfax Media understands his criminal history includes assaulting police, along with property and drug offences.
On Friday night, his younger brother Josh begged Mr Milward to hand himself in.
“If he's out there listening to this, Ben, hand yourself in. Prove your innocence," Josh Milward told Seven News.
Josh Milward said Ben hadn't lived at their Ipswich home for about a year.
An Ipswich business where Mr Milward is believed to have worked, water treatment manufacturing company Aquatec Maxcon, declined to comment when contacted by Fairfax Media.
According to his Facebook page, Mr Milward attended Ipswich State High School and was engaged on January 7, 2013.
On the day Sophie Collombet was last seen, police say Mr Milward was at the Melbourne Hotel in South Brisbane.
Footage from the premises - taken about midday - shows him wearing a black singlet and long, black pants and he was carrying what appeared to be a mobile phone.
According to police, he was wearing the same clothes later that night when he was captured on camera in South Brisbane.
Inspector Kemp said Mr Milward was not homeless but had been known to frequent the area around Kurilpa Park.
Numerous witnesses police spoke to in the last week were able to identify him, Inspector Kemp said.