A habeas corpus application made in court today on behalf of police Constable Noel Maitland, has been dismissed.
The application was seeking to have the Constable released.
Constable Maitland was arrested on Wednesday by detectives attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigative Branch in relation to her disappearance.
No charges have yet been laid against him.
Police sources say they’ve been given a further ten days to question him without charges being laid in the disappearance of social media influencer Donna-Lee Donaldson.
Meanwhile, Nationwide News understands that police detectives probing the disappearance of Miss Donaldson are treating the case as a murder investigation.
A senior member of the police High Command confirmed with our news centre that the matter was now being investigated as a case of murder.
The confirmation comes amid word that investigators searched the apartment of Donaldson’s boyfriend, Constable Noel Maitland yesterday.
This is the fourth such search of the premises since the social media influencer was reported missing.
Deputy Commissioner in charge of Crime and Security, Fitz Bailey, maintains that the case is still one of a missing person, but stressed that the probe had widened.
He did not indicate in what ways it had expanded.
Miss Donaldson has been missing since July 11.
It’s understood detectives are carefully scouring the inside of the apartment for any additional evidence that may explain Donaldson’s whereabouts.
Maitland remains in custody pending a question and answer session with his attorney, Christopher Townsend.
Townsend told our news centre he had expected that his client will be questioned by detectives at some point today.
However, the police were unable to confirm that such a session was scheduled.