Police Probe Karen Leek's Tragic Murder

VICTORIA Police are appealing for public assistance as they continue piecing together the circumstances around the tragic death of Karen Leek.

Adam Dobbin

28 May 2020

VICTORIA Police Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for public assistance as they continue piecing together the circumstances around the tragic death of Karen Leek.

Emergency services were called to Leek’s Devon Meadows property at 10am on Tuesday morning where the much revered 69 year old’s body was discovered. 

In calling for help from the public, police said they were treating Leek’s tragic passing, which has devastated the greyhound industry, as suspicious.

“Investigators are appealing for anyone who may have seen any activity at the (Devon Meadows) property over the past few days to come forward,” the statement read.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who drove past the address or through the area and has dash-cam footage.”

Countless tributes have begun flowing since news filtered through of Leek’s heart wrenching passing.

In greyhound racing circles Leek meant so much to so many, leaving an indelible mark on the greyhound racing industry Australia wide.

Growing up in Warrandyte where her family owned the general store, Leek was introduced to greyhound racing at just 13 years of age.

And it was a career path that saw her never look back.

Throughout her hugely successful career, pioneering the female training ranks, Leek’s Devon Meadows property has been the breeding ground for some of the superstar’s of Australian greyhound racing, including Bewildering, Moreira and Nolen just to name a few.

In 2010, Karen landed her first group race victory with Din’s Son in the Shepparton Cup, 12 months after finishing runner-up in the event with her prolific winning chaser.

And while that victory had pride of place with Leek, it was her win last year with Bubbles in the Judy Hayley Memorial at Sandown that carried special fondness.

Karen was a close friend of the late Judy Hayley, bringing so much meaning to the emotion fuelled victory.

And as fate would have it, Bubbles was the last greyhound she trained.

Leek’s immense success as a breeder-rearer-owner and trainer will leave a lasting legacy on the industry.

Her desire to help and educate young aspiring participants another of her glowing attributes, always one to volunteer her time for the betterment of the sport.