Police renew appeal for public assistance after human
remains identified – Central Coast
*Name not released
Friday, 04 Mar 2011 12:30pm
Human remains discovered on the busy F3, on the state’s Central Coast, have been
identified and detectives are renewing their appeal for public assistance into
the fatal incident.
Police believe the victim got out of a northbound vehicle near the Kariong
exit about 8.45pm on Tuesday (1 March) and, a short time later, was struck
and fatally injured by another vehicle.
The deceased has now been identified as a 33-year-old Quakers Hill man.
Inquiries into the cause of the man’s death are continuing, however, it is not
being treated as suspicious.
Brisbane Water Local Area Command’s Inspector Nigel Webber said police have
received a lot of information from the public in relation to the incident.
“We are continuing to work through many reports from motorists and other
witnesses as we try to determine exactly what has happened,” Insp Webber said.
“We are not treating the man’s death as suspicious, however, we are still trying
to determine exactly what happened. All evidence available at this stage
suggests the deceased was struck by a vehicle and we are appealing to the
driver, or anyone with information, to come forward.”
A motorist has told police he dropped off a man, described as Caucasian in
appearance, on the F3 near at Kariong around 8.45pm.
Meanwhile, a woman has reported seeing a maroon sedan swerve to miss an object
near the Gosford exit about 9pm.
She has told police she heard that vehicle – possibly a Holden Commodore or Ford
Falcon – hit the object before seeing a semi-trailer travelling behind her
swerve to miss the same object.
Investigators continue to appeal for anyone with information that might assist
their inquiries to come forward.
They’re particularly keen to hear from anyone who has seen or recently repaired
a maroon car with front end damage.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Gosford Detectives via Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police identify body of man found in shallow grave –
Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 04:05pm
NSW Police have identified the body of a man found in a shallow grave near Lake
Macquarie last week and have renewed their appeal for information with respect
to the circumstances of his death.
Strike Force Beamish, comprising detectives from Lake Macquarie Local Area
Command and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, was established to
investigate the discovery.
On Saturday 13 March, the body of a man was located in a shallow grave in
bushland in the vicinity of Freemans Waterhole.
A post mortem examination was conducted on Monday 16 March where police formally
identified the remains as being that of 33-year-old Steven Quire from
The family of Mr Quire have requested that they be given time to grieve for the
loss of their loved one and that their privacy be respected.
Detectives investigating the matter have renewed their appeal for information
from members of the public and have released a photograph of Steven Quire in the
hope that someone may recognise him and have seen him prior to his death.
Anyone with information about his disappearance and subsequent death is urged to
contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Members of the public are reminded that all information received will be dealt
with in the strictest confidence and that callers may remain anonymous.
Police appeal for information after discovery of body
– Lake Macquarie
Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 02:19pm
NSW Police are appealing for information after the discovery of the body of a
man at Lake Macquarie over the weekend.
Strike Force Beamish, comprising detectives from Lake Macquarie Local Area
Command and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, has been formed to
investigate the discovery.
The body of the man was located in a shallow grave in bushland near Freemans
Waterhole on Saturday 13 March.
Police are yet to identify the man however he is described as being of
white/European appearance, about 174cm tall and of medium build. It is believed
the man is aged between 20 and 40 years of age.
A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
Detectives are appealing for information from the public as they continue their
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Body found - Lower Templestowe
*Identified as Patrick HEARN
|Tuesday, 23 February 2010 16:56
Victorian Police are investigating the discovery of a body in Lower Templestowe this morning.
The badly decomposed body was located in the garden of an address in High Street around 9.30am.
The gender of the deceased has not yet to be confirmed.
The remains have been taken to the Coroners Office for forensic testing.
The Homicide Squad have been notified.
No further details will be available until after forensic testing is completed.
HUMAN REMAINS AT SPLIT ROCK
July 31, 2009
Police have identified a man whose human remains were
found at a campsite at Split Rock Dam, near Manilla last
Anthony John Ward from Camperdown was reported missing
to Warrnambool police in Victoria in late May.
Police have confirmed that remains located near an
amenities block at the dam four weeks later have formally
been identified following a positive DNA match.
At the time, Gold Coast detectives believed the death
could be linked to the alleged double murder of Gold Coast
couple, Alexander and Suzanne Davie.
Body located following murder investigation
Last updated 23/06/2009
Following investigations into the murders of Alexander
and Suzanne Davie on or about May 3, Gold Coast and Homicide Investigation
Unit officers, working in conjunction with the New South Wales Police, have
located what appears to be the remains of a third person.
The remains were located at Split Rock Dam at Upper
Manilla via Tamworth, New South Wales.
Investigations are continuing in an effort to identify
the remains and the cause of death.
Anyone with information which could assist police
with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police announce murder investigation in Mt Murray car death
Monday, 01 Feb 2010 12:12pm
Identified as Matthew Digby
Police today revealed the identity of a man whose charred remains were located in a burning car at Mount Murray, near Robertson, last month.
The body of 35-year-old Matthew Digby was found last Monday (January 25) about 7am after a train driver reported seeing a car on fire in bushland near railway lines at Mt Murray/Macquarie Pass.
Late last week Homicide Squad officers joined Lake Illawarra LAC detectives in establishing Strike Force Gosling to investigate the suspected murder.
Lake Illawarra LAC Commander Superintendent Michael Willing said detectives were still piecing together Mr Digby’s last movements.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr Digby on the weekend before his body was discovered,” Supt Willing said. “We also want to hear from anyone who may have seen the car in which he was found – a blue 1990s model Mazda 626. The burnt out car was seized by police.
“If anyone was in the vicinity of Mount Murray/Macquarie Pass between late afternoon on Sunday 24 January and 7am on Monday and saw a blue Mazda or any other suspicious activity, they are asked to contact police.
“Information so far has led us to believe that Mr Digby died in suspicious circumstances.”
He added that information from the public has already led officers to canvass a number of areas in the Wollongong area, including the Botanic Gardens last Friday. The result of that search was the location of Mr Digby’s car, a green Ford Falcon, found on Murphy’s Rd, Gwynneville.
Supt Willing said Mr Digby had in recent months moved from his hometown of Cronulla to Wollongong.
“His parents and brothers are understandably devastated by this horrific incident,” he said. “We urge anyone with information to get in touch with detectives.”
Anyone with information in relation to the death of Matthew Digby is asked to contact Lake Illawarra detectives on 02 42952699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Dairyville mystery solved
MARCUS John Gormley was a big
man in many ways.
As his family comes to terms with the fact
they may never know how he died in the Orara Valley
forests he loved, they remember his generosity,
kindness, gentleness and his cheerful spirit.
The 36-year-old Coffs Harbour resident had
been missing for eight weeks before his body was
identified by DNA testing this week following the
discovery of the lower half of a man’s body at
Wayper Creek near Dairyville last month.
His family suspected he was
camping somewhere in Bindarri National Park, a
favourite bush retreat for the fit bush walker and
cyclist and they been helping police with the
Marcus’s optimism was the more remarkable
because he had to contend with a heavy burden of
medication and hospitalisation.
He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in
1993 and some years later also with bipolar
Born and educated in Coffs Harbour, the youngest of
four siblings, he remained close to his family and
enjoyed family dinners and events as well as music
and the many TAFE courses he enrolled in.
His mother Delia Gormley said he displayed
both courage and strength of will in dealing with
his challenging health problems.
“He had the most positive outlook for someone
who had so much to deal with,” Mrs Gormley said..
“If he knew someone was in hospital, he would
visit them, because he knew how lonely it could be.
“He was so generous – he was always lending
money to people and most of the time he did not get
“I once asked him what he wanted for Christmas
and he said ‘a bull...t detector’. ”
The disability pensioner also supported at
least two overseas orphans through charity
organisations; made regular donations to Greenpeace
and often provided emergency accommodation in his
flat for homeless people.
“He did not have a lot, but he shared whatever
he had,” his mother said.
Marcus John Gormley’s funeral will be held at
1.30pm on December 9, at St Augustine’s Catholic
Church, in Coffs Harbour.
area commander, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay,
who released Mr Gormley’s name publicly yesterday,
said Marcus Gormley was a frequent visitor to the
area and enjoyed camping there.
Murder charge Boyland
as Darren Britza
A 35-year-old man from Nerang has been charged in
relation to the alleged murder of Darren John Britza in March 2001.
Mr Britza’s body was located buried in dirt and debris under a
bridge at Biddaddaba Road, Boyland, (via Canungra) in March 2008.
The man has been charged with one count of murder and is due to
appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Update on body located at Biddaddaba
Last updated 04/03/2008
are appealing for information which may assist them to identify the body of a
man which was located near the Canungra Creek Bridge at 10.30am on Sunday.
The man is believed to be aged between 20 to 50 years, approximately
173cm-180cm tall, with a medium build.
He was wearing size 10 Colorado lace-up boots, two pairs of socks, Jag
jeans, a leather belt, Puma t-shirt and a pair of Marks and Spencer (UK brand)
boxer shorts. A blue tarpaulin was located with the body.
A post-mortem examination of the skeletal remains yesterday indicated the
body had been in the shallow grave for more than six months.
The body appears to have been unearthed by recent heavy rain.
Police are still investigating the cause of death and the identity of the
Police are currently working with the Missing Persons Unit to identify the
Anyone who has information which could assist police with their
investigation, should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Update on body located at Biddaddaba (south of
Last updated 03/03/2008
A post-mortem examination of the body located near the
Canungra Creek Bridge at Biddaddaba indicated the remains of the deceased
appear to be that of a man.
About 10.30am yesterday the body was located by three fishermen.
The post-mortem was completed this morning.
The cause of death and the identity of the body are yet to be
Police are appealing to anyone who may have information surrounding the discovery to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
found on national park track
as Lorraine Eves
28th 2009 - ABC
today carry out a thorough
search of bushland on Sydney's
northern beaches where a body
has been found.
A man walking on a track
in the Garigal National Park at
Killarney Heights came across
the body at about 5pm yesterday.
Inspector Graham Pickering
says he called police.
"As a result of enquires
there the local detectives with
the assistance of Homicide Unit
have all attended last night and
made numerous enquires there,"
"We established a crime
scene overnight which is
continuing this morning."
He says the area is only a
few hundred metres square.
"We anticipate doing a
further search of the area this
morning. The area's not overly
huge down there so that's
something I have to plan now."
Inspector Pickering says
he does not know how long the
body has been there for, but the
track is regularly used by
A post mortem examination
of the body will be carried out
New leads in body parts murder
Identified as Raechel Betts
October 27th 2009
Victoria Police believe they are close to identifying a
suspect in the murder of a Melbourne woman whose body parts were found near
Phillip Island in August.
Police now think Raechel Betts was murdered by a man she planned to go
Ms Betts was last seen in the Melbourne suburb of Preston on August 11.
Several weeks later, her leg and other body parts were found on Phillip
Police say two callers to Crime Stoppers have provided vital information
about the case and they have urged them to contact police again.
One person rang police in early September and provided information about
the man Ms Betts had planned to go away with.
The second caller, who rang two weeks ago, provided information about a
small white car seen on Phillip Island a short time after Ms Betts went missing.
The car was seen on the island for several days.
Detective Senior Sergeant David Snare said it was in the best interests of
the community that the person responsible for the brutal murder is caught.
"Investigators have made significant progress with this investigation and
believe they are now very close to identifying Raechel's killers," he said.
He said they want to speak to the two callers again to help confirm their
Police have released a picture of the car wanted in connection with the
murder and will be on Phillip Island today looking for more information.
Human remains found
say at this
stage if the
confirmed to be a 27 year old Chinese man missing for 5 months.
Man arrested over body parts
- ABC - August
has been arrested over the
discovery of body parts in
Sydney's south-west over the
past three days.
On Sunday afternoon
two dogs found a woman's leg
in scrub near the Hume
They dragged it a
couple of kilometres back to
their owner's home at
The owner called
police who have been
searching the area ever
They have found a
woman's body in three
A 33-year-old man was
arrested at about 1:00am
today (AEST) and was taken
to Ryde Police Station where
he is still being
Police are yet to
formally identify the woman,
but say they are working
with the Missing Persons
They have returned to
the bushland today to look
for more clues, such as her
wallet or any other
Commander Superintendent Ian
Foscholo earlier said the
body parts were just a few
days old and that forensic
tests would confirm if the
remains belong to more than
The Commander says the
owners of the property have
been distressed by the
"It's not every day
that your dog comes back
with human remains so
they're obviously quite
upset about it for obvious
reasons," he said.
"But they've been
fabulous giving us every
assistance and we've been
very grateful for that."
Skull found at Balmoral
historic Aboriginal remains
from: Australian Associated Press
have found what is thought to be
part of a human skull while carrying
out excavation work at a northern
A NSW police spokeswoman said
private contractors were working in
front of a restaurant at Balmoral
Beach, near Mosman at about 10.30am
They uncovered what appeared
to be human remains buried in the
sand, the spokeswoman said.
"It appears to be a partial
skull containing some teeth," she
Balmoral is home to some of
Sydney's most expensive real estate.
A crime scene has been
established and inquiries are
remains: Third find in three days
found human remains for the third
time in the same number of days near
a property on Sydney's south-western
fringe, as a skull was unearthed on
the city's North Shore.
Officers and volunteers have
been searching Pheasants Nest, in
south-west Sydney, since a dog found
human tissue in thick bushland at a
property there on Sunday afternoon.
Police have been searching the
area ever since, finding more
remains yesterday within a kilometre
of the property with the help of
They say they made a third
discovery this morning a few
kilometres away near the Hume
Highway. One lane of the highway has
been closed off as police examine
Private contractors have also
found part of a skull buried in the
sand while excavating in front of
the Watermark Restaurant at Balmoral
Beach this morning on Sydney's North
A crime scene has been
established and an archaeologist has
been called in to assess the age of
The Camden Police Commander,
Superintendent Ian Foscholo, says
the body parts found on Sunday at
Pheasants Nest were just a few days
He says police are dealing
with suspected murders and are
searching through recent missing
persons cases for clues.
"There's definitely suspicious
circumstances. We're working very
closely with the Homicide Squad," he
"We have our suspicions and
we're folowing a number of leads."
Superintendent Foscholo says
forensic tests will confirm if the
remains belong to more than one
Police are appealing to local
residents for information about
suspicious activity in the area in
the past week.
"Given the remoteness of the
property, it's probably more likely
to be locals that may have some
information [about] suspicious
vehicles or any information that may
suggest that there's something out
of the ordinary," Superintendent
The Commander says the owners
of the property have been distressed
by the finds.
"It's not every day that your
dog comes back with human remains so
they're obviously quite upset about
it for obvious reasons," he said.
"But they've been fabulous
giving us every assistance and we've
been very grateful for that."
Dozens of volunteers from the
State Emergency Service (SES) have
braved cold and wet conditions to
help scour local properties and bush
on foot, with the help of dogs from
the area and the police force.
Police were planning to end
the search today unless more remains
human remains just days old
Police say human
body parts dug up by a dog on a
south-west Sydney property are just
a few days old.
Officers were called to the
property at Pheasants Nest on Sunday
afternoon, after the owner's dog
found the human tissue.
Police continued searching
yesterday and found more human
remains near the house at the end of
Pheasants Road, which is surrounded
by bushland and scrub, about 25
kilometres from Camden.
The Camden Police Commander,
Superintendent Ian Foscholo, says he
cannot say whether the remains
belong to more than one body until
forensic tests are finished.
He says he cannot reveal the
gender or age of the deceased
"I imagine it would be a few
days before we get anything
conclusive," he said.
"The remains are probably a
few days old. That's all I can say,
I can't be any more definitive than
"They're still being
forensically processed. I imagine it
will be a few days before we get
Superintendent Foscholo says
the circumstances are suspicious and
the Homicide Squad is involved in
He says police are looking at
recent cases of missing persons.
Dozens of volunteers from the
State Emergency Service (SES) are
helping police on the third day of
SES trucks and police vans are
camped out the front of the property
while Camden officers and volunteers
search the grounds on foot.
Police are planning to end the
search today unless more remains are
Police identify remains
as Camperdown man
Identified as Anthony Ward
New South Wales police have confirmed
that human remains found at a camp site near Tamworth, in
the state's north-west, are those of a Camperdown man.
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of
Mr Ward went missing from Camperdown, in western
Victoria, in May this year.
A police spokesman says DNA tests have been conducted
on the bones, which were found last month.
Skeletal remains discovered in bushland -
Identified as Kylie McKay
Police on the state's Central Coast are conducting inquiries after the discovery
of human remains on Kincumber Mountain.
About 2.30pm on Saturday (11 July), a male bushwalker was photographing
Aboriginal art along the Warri Warri track on Kincumber Mountain when he came
across the skeletal remains near a cave.
Some items of clothing were also found nearby.
The man alerted police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command who attended the
location and secured a crime scene.
Over the weekend and today the remains have been examined in situ and are
expected to be taken to Newcastle's Department of Forensic Medicine tomorrow.
Further forensic procedures will be conducted to establish the identity of the
remains and a cause of death.
Police are investigating the possibility the remains are that of
who was last seen in June 2002. At the time of her disappearance the married
mother-of-two was 35 years old. Last Friday the NSW Government announced a
$50,000 reward for information on her disappearance.
Investigations are ongoing and anyone with information that might assist
detectives is urged to contact Gosford Police Station via Crime Stoppers on 1800
Wednesday 06-Aug-2008 (1210 hrs CST)
Remains identified – Alice Springs (see original story below)
Identified as Mark Hyslop
Police have identified human remains found in ranges near Charles Creek, Alice
Springs, last month.
Mark Hyslop, 44, from New South Wales, had been reported missing in early June
after he failed to return to the Salvation Army Hostel where he was staying.
Police subsequently issued a media release with Mr Hyslop’s photo and
description and called for public assistance in locating him.
On July 15 a couple walking their dogs in the ranges at the back of Charles
Creek found what appeared to be human remains. DNA testing later confirmed the
remains were that of Mark Hyslop.
Wednesday 16-Jul-2008 (1140 hrs CST)
Human remains found – Alice Springs
Human remains have been found in hills surrounding Alice Springs yesterday.
Police received a report about 5pm yesterday afternoon after two people walking
their dogs came across the remains in hills at the back of Charles Creek.
A crime scene was established and a line search involving police and NTES
volunteers was undertaken this morning.
The body is yet to be identified but police believe it has been at the location
for several weeks.
Investigations are continuing.
Identified as Toni Perusich
ALL it would have taken was one call to OOO.
Had one person asked if 39-year-old Toni Perusich needed help,
he might still be alive today.
But instead he suffered a painful and lonely death on the side
of a major road.
For almost a week the Carey's Rd, Hillville resident was
hidden in grass by the Pacific Highway at Nabiac.
A local resident discovered Mr Perusich's badly decomposed
body last Wednesday afternoon, while he was slashing grass on the
western side of the highway near the Gloucester/Krambach overpass.
Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command police were called to
the scene and conducted enquiries.
Forensic Services Group officers also examined the area.
At first police had no idea who Mr Perusich was.
He had no identification on him and there were no missing
person reports matching his description.
Police investigations revealed Mr Perusich's wallet and keys
were handed into a Nabiac business the previous Thursday – on August
23, a week earlier.
It's believed they were found near the bus stop on the
The last known sightings of Mr Perusich were six days before
his body was found.
The body was taken to Newcastle Morgue for post mortem
examination in an attempt to identify the man and determine a cause
Fingerprint evidence later confirmed Mr Perusich's identity.
The death is not suspicious.
"We spoke to a number of witnesses at Nabiac who stated they
saw a male matching the description of the deceased writhing around
on the ground, obviously sick, yellowish in colour, vomiting and in
pain," Manning Great Lakes Acting Local Area Commander Inspector
Allan Fidock said.
"It's just sad. It seems like people have seen him and no one
has offered assistance or even bothered to call 000.
"It appears he died a painful and lonely death," Inspector
Police investigations revealed Mr Perusich was on a liver
transplant waiting list at St George Hospital Sydney.
Forster local coroner Mike Degney said the post mortem
confirmed Mr Perusich died of cirrhosis of the liver.
It's believed he had no family in the area.
Body remains found, Mackay: Last updated 27/10/2008 Identified as
QLD Police have today arrested a man for his alleged involvement in the death of man in 1988. Police forensic testing allegedly revealed that a human bone found in bushland outside of Mackay in 1994, was linked to a man named Luke Ling who disappeared in 1988. Police charged the Mackay man with one count of misconduct with a corpse, interfering. He is due to face Mackay Magistrates Court on November 13. The arrest related to the disposal of the man’s body not the actual cause of his death Police are appealing for any further information from anyone with information on Mr Ling or his disappearance from the Mackay area.