Missing man Sam Robert Price-Purcell’s disappearance being treated as suspicious by police
A MAN who vanished in 2015 is now thought to have been murdered, after his associates came forward to police with new information earlier this year.
Homicide Squad detectives are now trying to piece together Sam Price-Purcell’s final moments on February 16 of that year.
It is believed he was killed somewhere in north Brisbane, from Fortitude Valley to Mitchelton.
Mr Price-Purcell, 25, who is also known simply as Sam Price, was from a good upbringing, Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said.
But he fell into a life of crime and was couch-surfing in the months leading up to his suspected murder.
Police have described him as being involved as in “mid-level” drug-dealing.
“Certain persons... have given us versions of what’s occurred,” Det Insp Hansen said.
Police remain uncertain about Mr Price-Purcell’s final resting place, however.
Det Insp Hansen said homicide detectives became involved in the two-and-a-half-year missing persons investigation two months ago.
Since then, a plethora of information has been received, and detectives are now trying to work out what is fact and what is rumour.
“(Mr Price-Purcell) had gone off the rails,” Det Inp Hansen said.
“He did get into a bad element. But he comes from a good family.”
Police are willing to offer witness protection and other incentives for information about Mr Price-Purcell death.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00
Mother of Brisbane man Sam Robert Price-Purcell makes plea to find son's remains
A mother who believes her son was murdered has made an emotional plea to the people responsible for covering up his suspected death, begging them to come forward so her grieving family can have closure.
Sam Robert Price-Purcell was in the north Brisbane suburb of Mitchelton area on February 16, 2015, but police believe he then travelled in a yellow Holden Commodore to Toowoomba on Queensland's Darling Downs.
The 25-year-old has not been seen since, and homicide investigators believe he met with foul play.
On the third anniversary of his disappearance, his mother Leonie Price urged anyone with information to approach police.
"Our whole family grieve for him every day — he's in our hearts and our thoughts everyday — we need to know what happened so we can have peace," she said.
"People tell me that it gets easier with time, but it doesn't."
Police have previously said Mr Price-Purcell came from a good family, but "got mixed up in the wrong crowd" and was involved in drugs.
Today they released images of a 2000 Subaru WRX — which was originally white but was believed to have been painted pale or sky blue — they said was linked to the case.
That vehicle has not been located.
Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said there were several persons of interest, and investigators believed several others helped cover up the killing.
"Some of these persons are no longer mixing in these circles — they've moved on with their life, they've started families," he said.
"This will not go away — I'd encourage these people to come forward."
Inspector Hansen declined to answer further questions about the motive behind the suspected killing, or where police believe Mr Price-Purcell's remains were.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.