Members of the Queensland Police Dive Unit in action at Cedar Pocket.
Members of the Queensland Police Dive Unit in action at Cedar Pocket.

Grim murder search goes on after headless body found

POLICE divers returned to Cedar Pocket yesterday as they continued their search for more evidence near where a headless and dismembered torso was found last Thursday.

Members of the Brisbane-based police Dive Unit trawled through the mud and rotting leaf litter that lined a 2m deep billabong adjacent to where the corpse was found.

Police have revealed the body, which has still not been identified, was found burning in a small grass fire about 2m off the bitumen in Cedar Pocket Rd.

"The bottom is about 20cm deep with dead leaves and whatnot," the first diver in reported via a radio link to his supervisor, who watched from the bank.

"There's a big log at my feet at the moment," he said, as he and two colleagues began searching, almost in brail, on the bottom of the brown and almost opaque water.

Regional police crime chief Detective Acting Superintendent Darrin Shadlow says police are working through every missing report of a Caucasian male in Queensland and would possibly extend the search interstate as well.

Describing the crime as the most gruesome he had encountered, Det A/Supt Shadlow said the mutilation and burning of the corpse suggested that someone wanted to make identification difficult.

Forensic scientists would be checking DNA also, he said.