Tanja Ebert’s husband, Michael Burdon, had told police the 23-year-old mother of two refused to go home to their remote sheep station in SA’s northeast pastoral region following a trip to Adelaide and left the family car carrying a large sum of money.
She has been missing for more than a week.
At 2.30pm on Wednesday, police held a media conference to say they were treating Ms Ebert’s disappearance as a murder inquiry.
At 5pm on Wednesday, police said a 41-year-old man had died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the family’s property at Oulnina Station — near Mannahill in SA’s northeast pastoral district — some time after the media conference.
Police officers were present at the property at the time but no one else was injured.
Police confirmed to The Advertiser that the couple’s two children — aged 1 and 3 — are safe and in the care of family members.