DONNING specialist wetsuits, police dive squad trudged through the muddy waters of a creek, searching for the remains of murdered man George Gerbic.

The 66-year-old's home, and surrounding areas at Main Creek Rd, Tanawha, have been a crime scene for eight days, as police and dozens of State Emergency Service volunteers search for evidence.

More than 100 police have worked on the case, establishing Operation Lima Sea, after Mr Gerbic's charred remains were found on the side Cedar Pocket Rd last September.

Rural fire fighters literally stumbled over his dismembered, headless torso, found burning in a grass fire near the road.

After a 10-month investigation and extensive searches for remains, the body was identified as Mr Gerbic late last week.

His partner, Lindy Yvonne Williams, 56, was charged with his murder and interfering with a corpse.

Detective Acting Inspector Nikki Colfs said police were yet to confirm the alleged murder took place at the couple's Tanawha home.

A sea of orange covered the dense scrub and creek areas near the property yesterday, as SES volunteers scoured vegetation looking for clues.

Armed with rakes, hoes, mattocks and whipper snippers, they cleared the area for the police search.

Officers have worked from dawn until dusk at the couple's home, looking for Mr Gerbic's remains and anything else used in connection to his death.

The body was found headless, with arms severed at the elbows and nothing left below the rib cage.

Police admit it was like looking for a needle in a haystack, as detectives and volunteers scoured every inch for evidence.

"Nothing has been located yet through the house or property as we are still waiting for the results of scientific testing," Det Act Insp Colfs said.

"We are looking for any evidence where the offence may have occurred or physical evidence that might have been used in commission of the crime."

Septic tanks have been drained as part of the search and police have finished excavating a backyard pool which was filled with soil only recently.

A number of items have been taken from the scene and are being scientifically examined in Brisbane.

Detectives from the Homicide Group and Gympie CIB are hoping the items return vital clues to the investigation.

Cadaver dogs have already tracked the area looking for remains without any results, and creeks and waterways have been checked.

Ms Williams will remain behind bars until her next court date on September 1.

Gympie Times


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