Senior Constable Luke Pryke at the Tweed police station with the bag the man was found in.
Senior Constable Luke Pryke at the Tweed police station with the bag the man was found in. John Gass

Police to DNA test leads to find answers for body in a bag

POLICE may have to resort to DNA testing to find out the identity of a man's remains found in the Tweed River, Tumbulgum.

Earlier this week, crime program Wanted TV aired a segment on the case.

Tweed-Byron crime manager Brendon Cullen said since the show went to air he had received a number of leads, including a woman who believed it could be her father.

"We've had a couple of people call us with information that we're following up," he said.

"There's a lot of research to do and a lot of backtracking to do.

This is where the body was found on the banks of the Tweed River, Tumbulgum.
This is where the body was found on the banks of the Tweed River, Tumbulgum.

"I'm hopeful but we've still got a lot to do."

DNA had been found on the remains but Insp Cullen said nothing had come up on their databases.

"We may need to get DNA off some of the people and that will take some time," Insp Cullen said.

The Channel 10 program's forensic anthropologist, criminologist and host Xanthe Mallett said many remains sat in state coroner's morgues until they were identified.

She said often they were never claimed.

Insp Cullen detailed the facts of the case and said the key piece of evidence was the hand-made bag, which they believed the deceased man slept in.

Ms Mallett was surprised at the size of the bag the remains were found in.

"It's not very large so he could not have been very large to even fit in here," she said.

Insp Cullen told the Daily News that in less than 12 hours since the segment aired, he had a fresh lead.

The Channel 10 crew were in town to film the segment in early July.

If you have any information, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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