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Body of high-flying businessman is found in 'suspicious circumstances' as police try to trace woman

The body of a successful businessman has been discovered in 'suspicious circumstances' in a hotel room sparking a homicide investigation. 

Anthony Brady, a 52-year-old auditor from Brisbane, was found dead in a room at Sunshine Tower Hotel, in Cairns, around 4pm on Friday afternoon. 

Queensland Police have now released images of a 32-year-old woman who they believe was the last person to see Mr Brady alive. 

Brisbane businessman Anthony Brady (pictured) was found dead in a room at Sunshine Tower Hotel in Cairns on Friday afternoon. He was reported missing on Thursday 

Queensland Police believe Mr Brady died in suspicious circumstances and have released images of a woman (pictured) who they believe was the last person to see Mr Brady alive 

The businessman flew to Far North Queensland on Monday and had been staying at the Cairns Plaza Hotel on the Esplanade. 

Mr Brady was reported missing by his family after failing to catch a flight home from his work trip on Thursday. 

Police initially traced Mr Brady's movements but the trail went cold after he visited a Caltex service station on Sheridan Street on Wednesday night.

They also searched through drains and thick scrubs 5km from where he was last seen before discovering Mr Brady's suspected body at the Sheridan Street hotel.  

Queensland Police confirmed they were treating the death as suspicious and detectives from State Crime Command's Homicide Squad had travelled to Cairns to assist with the investigation.  

Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith said a post mortem examination was being carried out that would 'reveal more information to police' about the death.

'The circumstances of the death appears suspicious at this stage, however we're keeping an open mind. 

Police had traced Mr Brady's whereabouts to a service station on Sheridan Street before the trail went cold (woman police believe can help with the investigation pictured) 

'We currently have four homicide investigation officers here in Cairns assisting with the investigation,' he said.  

Inspector Smith said police believe the 32-year-old woman who was pictured could help assist with the investigation and was known to police.      

'This female appears to be the last person to have seen Mr Brady alive and we're very keen to speak to her to find out the circumstances, or anything that she might know.

'Currently we feel this woman has some information that would be able to advance the investigation significantly and we'd very much like to speak with her.

'She is only of interest to us at the moment, she is not a suspect,' Inspector Smith said. 

Anyone with information in regards to Mr Brady's disappearance has been urged to come forward.   

Mr Brady arrived in far north Queensland on Monday and stayed at the Cairns Plaza Hotel (pictured). Those with information relating Mr Brady's case have been urged to come forward

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