Police say any public information on this charred beach towel – even what brand it is or where similar towels are sold - may help identify the murder victim in the Cedar Pocket mutilation murder investigation.
Police say any public information on this charred beach towel – even what brand it is or where similar towels are sold - may help identify the murder victim in the Cedar Pocket mutilation murder investigation. Craig Warhurst

Police ‘confident’ of solving crime

INFORMATION from the public has meant a good start to international investigations into the Cedar Pocket headless torso mystery.

Regional investigation leader Bruce McNab yesterday said he was "very confident" police would find the killer of a young man whose mutilated body was found burning beside Cedar Pocket Rd a fortnight ago.

But the regional detective superintendent admitted police had still not identified the body, beyond saying that it was that of "a male adult, aged over 20".

He released a picture of a charred beach towel found with the body, saying it could prompt important new leads.

He revealed police had been painstakingly sifting through CCTV footage from Gympie entertainment venues, service stations and other public areas, trying to identify persons of interest.

"If you've done something embarrassing in a public place recently, there's a fair chance the police have seen it," Det Insp McNab said yesterday.

He said police had been examining many hours of video material from security cameras.

"We'll follow every piece of information to its logical conclusion."

Det Insp McNab said any information about the charred beach towel found with the body could help the investigation.

"You might have had a towel like it or seen one in a store and you may even know what store or what brand it is," he said.

He said "a good flow of information" and items recovered from the crime scene had given police a large but promising job to do.

He said there were questions he could not answer for fear of compromising the investigation, but said forensic tests were ongoing.

"We've had some results come through and we're waiting on others," he said.

The investigation had widened to include checks on suspects and a search for the victim's identity throughout Australasia.

"We've spoken to quite a number of people locally, over the rest of Queensland and interstate, even to New Zealand," he said.

Responding to questions about whether police had any theories about the investigation, he said police needed to keep an open mind.

"Without the identity of the victim, it would be remiss of us not to follow up any line of inquiry," he said.

Gympie Times


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