TV star Sarah Harris fights back tears as she gives emotional tribute to allegedly murdered colleague Jesse Baird as details of 'shadowy figure' emerge

  • 26/02/2024

An Australian television presenter has given an emotional tribute to her colleague Jesse Baird who is believed to have been killed alongside his boyfriend Luke Davies. 

Channel 10 star Sarah Harris fought back tears as she told viewers it had been a "really hard week" for staff at the network. 

"It is hard to even talk about Jesse in the past tense because Jesse… he was more than just a colleague, he was our friend, he was like a little brother," Harris said. 

She described Baird as someone who lit up a room with a "big, beautiful smile". She said he was so good on air and was an "absolute star". 

"He was one of those kids who had a big smile, big talent and even bigger heart," Harris said. 

She said Baird had described Davies, whom he had been dating since January, to his close friends as "the one". 

"He was in love and my heart just aches for not only Luke's family but also Jesse's family," she said. 

"To Jesse's family, you need to know that he spoke about you often and with so much love. 

"We're just all so, so sorry." 

Baird, 26, and Davies, 29, a Qantas flight attendant, were allegedly killed by NSW Senior Constable Beau Lamarre in Baird's home last week. 

Lamarre, 28, handed himself into police on Friday morning but refuses to cooperate with detectives.  

Lamarre was the ex-boyfriend of Baird and was a former celebrity blogger who would snap selfies with many A-list stars. 

Luke Davies (left) and Jesse Baird. Beau Lamarre (right).
Luke Davies (left) and Jesse Baird. Beau Lamarre (right). Photo credit: 7News

The whereabouts of the bodies and what happened to the couple remains a mystery, however, police alleged the pair were shot dead and have closed in their searches to a remote area just out of Sydney. 

Appearing on AM on Monday, Newshub's Australia Correspondent Emma Cropper said police overnight have narrowed their search to a national park about two hours southwest of Sydney near Goulburn. 

She said there is a dam at the property and police divers have been called in to help the search. 

Despite having found no bodies, police believe the two men are dead and have charged Lamarre with two counts of murder. 

"[Lamarre] isn't working with police. It's likely other than saying I'm the one who you need in this manhunt, he's saying he's not involved in the disappearance of these two men. So, they are still investigating it as if they don't have a killer," Cropper said. 

The investigation started in Cronulla where blood-stained clothes, credit cards, keys, and an $8000 watch were found in a skip bin.    

That led police to discover a bloodied scene at Baird's home in Paddington. They also searched two other properties, in Waterloo and Balmain. 

New South Wales Police have said a bullet matching Beaumont Lamarre-Condon's work-issued gun was found at the crime scene. 

A white van was seen on CCTV outside of Baird's home on Monday, when the alleged killings are thought to have occurred.  

Detectives will allege that Lamarre used the white van to remove the bodies from the home. They will also allege that he used Baird's phone to text the deceased's friends on Tuesday. 

Police are also looking into the claim Baird reportedly texted friends that he saw a shadowy figure at the end of his bed late at night in recent months before his alleged death. Baird reportedly saw the figure scurry away once he woke up. 

Police are investigating whether that was a possible break-in and if it has any connection to the alleged murders.