Grim search for heads, hands and legs of torso

INTO THE DEEP: Gympie police with the help of Brisbane-based homicide officers, police divers and SES search the Cedar Pocket Dam trying to find clues to help solve the mystery of the headless torso.
INTO THE DEEP: Gympie police with the help of Brisbane-based homicide officers, police divers and SES search the Cedar Pocket Dam trying to find clues to help solve the mystery of the headless torso.

POLICE divers have donned protective suits to search for the head, hands and legs missing from a burnt torso found on Cedar Pocket Rd last year.

The move is the latest effort by homicide detectives to try to identify the murder victim and solve the headless-corpse mystery.

Over the weekend detectives made the most of dry conditions and receding water levels to start a search of Cedar Pocket Dam.

On Saturday they enlisted the help of SES volunteers to pick through long grass and rocky outcrops on the edge of the impoundment while the Brisbane-based police dive squad scoured the dam floor and spillway.

The divers, who had just returned from recovering the body of an 18-year-male from a water hole under Crystal Cascades falls near Cairns, had to wear special dive suits to protect them from the blue-green algae in the dam.

The "dry" suits are sealed and don't allow water to come into contact with the skin of the diver.

The divers' first search zone was the water beneath the spillway.

Three officers waded in a grid patterned search.

They found lengths of pipe, a hat and a tape measure, but no body parts.

The next search was underwater behind the dam wall.

Due to zero visibility under water the divers used their hands to search the floor of the impoundment in an arc-like pattern.

On Sunday they searched underneath bridges up and downstream of the dam.

No body parts were found.

A YouTube video was released by police yesterday as part of their investigation into the death.

Gympie Times

Topics:  cedar pocket crime gympie murder police

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