Cops visited the suburban apartment that Marcus Volke, 28, shared with his girlfriend, Mayang Prasetyo, after receiving reports of a rotting meat smell, "like off dog food," emanating from the building. Detectives say Volke fled from them, leaping over a balcony, and then slit his own throat in a nearby alley. His body was discovered in a trash bin, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported.
Residents of the apartment complex say the couple had just moved in recently, and had been arguing loudly a week before Volke's suicide.
Prasetyo, originally from Indonesia, reportedly met Volke while they were both working as chefs on a cruise ship.
A later Courier-Mail story includes further salacious details, alleging that the couple had actually been married, that Volke had been to the hospital claiming Prasetyo had cut his hand, and that Pratsetyo was actually a trans woman and a high-end sex worker.
"Mayang Prasetyo was charging up to $500 an hour for her services, marketing herself online as a 'top high-class Asian shemale,'" the News Corp. tabloid reported, although it's not clear that had anything to do with her killing.