Police tape near a quad bike on a sandy track

Woman found dead in Bluewater bushland was in relationship with man arrested over her death, Queensland police say

Detectives say a man arrested over the death of a woman in north Queensland had been in a relationship with the victim for several months.

Mother of four Tania Trickey, 44, was killed at Bluewater, near Townsville, some time on Saturday morning.

A group of teenagers riding quad bikes discovered the body on a sandy track in bushland that afternoon.

Police arrested a 38-year-old Deeragun man at a service station in Proserpine around 8:30pm on Sunday after his car was spotted by patrolling officers.

“Police were basically able to take him by surprise,” Detective Inspector Jason Shepherd said.

Police have seized the man’s vehicle, which will be subject to forensic examination.

“We hope to obviously find evidence that will link our person of interest and the vehicle to the crime scene [at Bluewater],” Detective Inspector Shepherd said.

Pair allegedly drove to remote area together

Police believe the woman died on Saturday.(ABC News: Lily Nothling)

Police said the man and Ms Trickey had been in a relationship for a few months.

The pair allegedly drove to the remote area at Bluewater together on Saturday where the woman was later found dead.

Detective Inspector Shepherd said they were able to identify the man after his vehicle was captured on dash-cam footage near the scene.