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Police appeal for more help on Cedar Pocket torso case

Cedar Pocket murder scene. Photo Tanya Easterby / The Gympie Times
Cedar Pocket murder scene. Photo Tanya Easterby / The Gympie Times Tanya Easterby

POLICE have appealed to the public for more information that may help to further their investigations after the discovery of the burnt remains of a man's torso at Cedar Pocket, east of Gympie, in September last year.

The remains were identified as those of a 66-year-old man from Tanawha, south-west of Maroochydore, on Friday.

Detective Acting Inspector Nikki Colfs said police were hoping to speak to anyone who may have carried out construction, cleaning, earth moving, maintenance or pest control at the man's home at 85 Main Creek Rd, Tanawha in the past 12 to 18 months.

Det Act Insp Colfs said the police asked anyone with information to contact Gympie police on 5480 1111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said the breakthrough in discovering the identity of the man came as a result of scientific tests that were carried out on the remains, which revealed the man had been taking a rare prescription drug.

The police then conducted inquiries in relation to persons who had taken a particular type of drug, Det Insp McNab said.
"This is fairly significant change in our investigation, which has allowed us to identify the victim."

Topics:  cedar pocket, crime, murder, police



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