MURDER ACCUSED: Nathan John Caulfield (pictured) was arrested over the fatal shooting of Gympie man Michael Zanco at Amamoor.
MURDER ACCUSED: Nathan John Caulfield (pictured) was arrested over the fatal shooting of Gympie man Michael Zanco at Amamoor. Contributed

Murder accused caught while getting foot checked at hospital

A MAN accused of murder, who had been on the run from police for days, was arrested at the Gympie Hospital yesterday after a tip-off from a member of the public.  

Nathan John Caulfield, 32, went to the hospital to get a minor foot injury treated when a member of the public recognised him. 

MORE: Second man wanted by police over Gympie murder

He was arrested and today faced Gympie Magistrates Court on a charge of murder and attempted armed robbery over the fatal shooting of 22-year-old man Michael Zanco at a secluded Amamoor property last Thursday. 

He did not enter a plea during his brief appearance this morning and stayed silent in the dock dressed in a prison shirt when he was remanded in custody until October 12. 

He was the second man charged over the shooting, and followed the arrest of 19-year-old man Kalabe John Steven Saurine, who appeared in court yesterday.

ACCUSED: Kalabe John Steven Saurine is charged with the murder of a Gympie man that occurred at Amamoor last Thursday.
ACCUSED: Kalabe John Steven Saurine is charged with the murder of a Gympie man that occurred at Amamoor last Thursday.

A third man, Trent Edward Dyrhberg, 33, is still at large, detective inspector Gary Pettiford said.

Police are appealing for the public to notify police if they see him, but are warning that he could be armed.

"Please do not approach him - there is still a firearm outstanding," Det Insp Pettiford said.

He appealed to anyone in the public who had had any recent contact with either of the three men to contact police. 

"Harbouring someone that's wanted for murder is an offence," he said. 

"Trent if you are listening to this interview - give yourself up to the Gympie police station."

The car belonging to Nathan Caulfield, who police are searching for as a person of interest in the murder of a 22-year-old man at Amamoor. Photo: Police media
The car belonging to Nathan Caulfield, who police are searching for as a person of interest in the murder of a 22-year-old man at Amamoor. Photo: Police media

A silver ute belonging to Mr Caulfield that was allegedly used to drive the shooting victim to Gympie Hospital last Thursday night is still missing. 

"It is very important if anyone sees the vehicle to contact police immediately, " Det Insp Pettiford said. 

It was important that it was forensically tested, he said. 

"Little things that may not mean much to the public could be absolutely vital to the investigation."

SES workers make up part of the search party at Frayne Rd property at Amamoor yesterday following a fatal shooting last Thursday. A fire arm is still outstanding, police say.
SES workers make up part of the search party at Frayne Rd property at Amamoor yesterday following a fatal shooting last Thursday. A fire arm is still outstanding, police say. Contributed

An investigative search of the Amamoor property on Frayne Rd is wrapping up today before police are expected to hand the property back to the owner this afternoon, Det Insp Pettiford said. 

He said several witnesses had been spoken to. 

He said police will allege that three men entered the dwelling on the property "to effect robbery."

Gympie Times


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