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Two charged over bodies in barrels

By Samantha Broun for CNN

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Sydney (Australia)
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SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- A man and woman have been refused bail on murder charges, after two burning barrels containing human remains were found in bushland about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Sydney on the Australian east coast.

Volunteer firefighters made the gruesome discovery in a state forest near the town of Nowra on Sunday, following a telephone call to emergency services of a possible bushfire in the area.

But instead of a bushfire, they found two smoldering 44-gallon (166-liter) drums containing two bodies.

A missing couple's burned-out utility truck was found shortly afterwards parked near the Nowra naval base, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from where the bodies were found.

The charged man, Stacey Lea Caton, 27, appeared before Nowra's local court Monday while the woman, Kim Leanne Snibson, 36, did not, Australian Associated Press reported.

Snibson's legal representative sought a suppression order on her identity because Snibson's children attended a local school, according to AAP. The application was denied.

Police said the victims were believed to be a man and woman from the local area and probably knew their killers.

In court Monday, magistrate Doug Dick suppressed the names of the victims, AAP reported.

The matter has been adjourned until April 10, according to AAP.

Forensic tests are being done to establish the causes of death.

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