Tactical response officers from the Northern Territory Police Force with the abandoned vehicle of Jonathon Andrew Stenberg who is the prime suspect in the murder of Broadwater man, Edward 'Ned' Kelly who's decapitated body was found in his home last week. Photo: Northern Territory Police Force
Tactical response officers from the Northern Territory Police Force with the abandoned vehicle of Jonathon Andrew Stenberg who is the prime suspect in the murder of Broadwater man, Edward 'Ned' Kelly who's decapitated body was found in his home last week. Photo: Northern Territory Police Force NT Police

Decapitated murder hunt continues

THE man suspected of decapitating Edward 'Ned' Kelly has previously served with the Australian Defence Force police have revealed. 

Heavily armed Northern Territory police are continuing the hunt this morning for Jonathon Andrew Stenberg, 46, in a NT wildlife park.

The vehicle believed to have been driven by Stenberg was seized by NT police yesterday afternoon about 50km south of Darwin and more than 100 police officers including the Dog Operations Unit, the Tactical Response Group and a helicopter are scouring the Territory Wildlife Park for him.

NT Crime Division Commander Richard Bryson said this morning that Stenberg had been under police surveillance but had no known links to the Northern Territory.

"To date, Mr Stenberg continues to evade authorities ... an individual making their way in that bushland is akin to a needle-in-a-haystack operation ." Cmdr Bryson said.

"With the onset of daylight, police stepped up its overnight operation with sweeping patrols of scrubland. A helicopter has also taken to the air fitted with thermal imaging equipment.

"Police have so far seized his vehicle - which he had attempted to disguise along with a rifle and personal effects.

"While there is a high police presence in the area, the public is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."

Cmdr Bryson described the situation as extremely "fluid" and encouraged the public to continue monitoring the media for updates throughout the day.

"The community is reminded Mr Stenberg is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached under any circumstances," Cmdr Bryson said.

"While police understand the disruption to the community, public safety and the safety of our officers is paramount. People are asked to remain patient and follow the direction of any operational personnel."

Meanwhile, Stenberg is alleged to have gone to the Broadwater Hotel four days before the murder inquiring about Mr Kelly's whereabouts.

Broadwater Hotel publican Dave Raymond yesterday confirmed Stenberg entered the hotel around 5pm on Sunday, June 17, four days before Mr Kelly was found dead at his home.

A State Homicide Squad spokesperson yesterday confirmed Mr Kelly was decapitated and police were still searching for his head.

Police yesterday issued a warrant for 46-year-old Stenberg, sparking a manhunt which has resulted in seven major roadblocks and the lockdown of the Cox Peninsula area near Darwin leaving residents shut out of their homes overnight.

Temporary accommodation for displaced residents was organised at a local high school.

Stenberg is of Caucasian appearance, about 168cm tall, of solid build and with brown hair and brown eyes.

NSW Homicide Squad yesterday confirmed Mr Kelly's body was taken to Newcastle and a post-mortem was held this week. Police will not be releasing the results.

One of Mr Kelly's nieces said the family wanted to thank the police for their wonderful support during this difficult time.

Detectives from the NSW Homicide Squad and Richmond Local Area Command formed strike force Fitzsimon on Monday to investigate the death.

They issued an arrest warrant for Stenberg yesterday and are working in conjunction with Northern Territory Police Force to catch him.

The vehicle believed to have been driven by Stenberg was seized by NT police about 50 kilometres south of Darwin,
Stenberg is of Caucasian appearance, about 168cm tall, of solid build, and with brown hair and brown eyes.

Mr Kelly's decapitated body was discovered last Friday in the kitchen of his River Street home with a hat placed on the corpse where his head should have been.

Police arrived at the home at about 4.30pm on Thursday and established a crime scene at the house after a friend of the man had called police because they were concerned he hadn't been seen or heard from for several days.

On Monday around a dozen police, including officers from the Richmond Operational Support Group and the NSW Homicide Squad, searched thick bush surrounding the home for any clues relating to the death.

 

Police are hunting Jonathon Andrew Stenberg, 46 (pictured above) in a Northern Territory wildlife park. Stenberg is wanted for questioning over the murder of Broadwater man, Edward 'Ned' Kelly, whose decapitated body was discovered at his home last week.



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