SES volunteers sweep the forestry near Tin Can Bay after the discovery of a skull on Thursday.
SES volunteers sweep the forestry near Tin Can Bay after the discovery of a skull on Thursday. Renee Pilcher

Could Tin Can Bay remains be Gympie torso's missing head?

A SKULL found in forestry near Tin Can Bay on Thursday could belong to the unidentified victim in the Cedar Pocket torso mystery.

The grisly find was yesterday confirmed by police to be human remains. However, while The Gympie Times understands that a skull was discovered by forestry workers, Wide Bay Burnett Detective Inspector Bruce McNab could not confirm nor deny the information. But he did say the remains were not that of an entire body.

The discovery was made by Toolara Forestry workers around 8am on Thursday as they were undertaking a maintenance clearing operation in a section of pine plantation about 1km off the Cooloola Coast Rd.

Det Insp McNab said the remains were on the ground and looked to have been there for quite some time, but could not say how old they were.

After initial police searches and forensic investigations on Thursday, about 20 SES workers met at the scene yesterday.

They joined more than half a dozen police, including scientific officers from Brisbane and Gympie detectives.

After a briefing from police Sergeant Bill Greer, SES volunteers swept densely covered ground surrounding the crime scene in a search for further evidence.

Wide Bay Burnett Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said no further remains or evidence was found by the time the search was completed mid yesterday afternoon.

A police-issued media release said police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the human remains and the matter was being treated as a new investigation, however, inquiries are being conducted to establish or rule out links to known homicide or missing persons investigations.

Det Insp McNab confirmed that police were looking at whether yesterday's gruesome find was linked to the torso which was found alight on Cedar Pocket Rd on September 19, last year.

"It could be (related to the Cedar Pocket torso)," he told The Gympie Times.

"It certainly created a great interest among us whether (the remains are related)."

Det Insp McNab urged anyone who has seen people acting suspiciously on the Cooloola Coast Rd, about 5km from the Tin Can Bay Rd intersection, to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Gympie Times


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