Two lads were rowing down the river to search at New Farm for a bunch of keys which had been lost there by one of a picnic party on Saturday. They saw the body of a man lying on the muddy rocks of the bank. With assistance, the body was got on shore. It was quite naked, and a large stone and fire bar were tied to the right thigh by a stout piece of Manila rope
William Prendergast, and his wife, Mary, were brought up on suspicion of being concerned in the murder of Patrick Hartnett.
William Pender alias Prendergast, was arraigned charged with having, at Fortitude
Valley, on the 2nd January, 1870, feloniously, and with malice aforethought, killed and murdered one Patrick Hartnett.