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 at a loss over burnt torso

POLICE say they still have no clue to the identity of a young man whose charred, decapitated and dismembered body was found on the side of a rural road near Gympie.

Rural firefighters found the man's body after extinguishing a grass fire on the side of Cedar Pocket Rd on September 19.

Police have confirmed the man's body was found decapitated and with both arms removed below the elbow.

The lower part of the man's body, beneath his rib cage, was also missing.

Identifying the victim, believed to be a man aged 20 years or older, is proving to be a most difficult task.

Without his teeth, dental records cannot be used to identify him, as would normally happen with a victim of crime.

"It doesn't mean that we don't have an investigative direction; we do," Detective Inspector Bruce McNabb said.

"We're very confident we will resolve it. These sorts of investigations can be a marathon not a sprint.

"We're going to follow every piece of information no matter how long it takes.

"We're working every piece of information to its logical conclusion and moving on to the next one."



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