Central region chief detective Darrin Shadlow.
Central region chief detective Darrin Shadlow. Arthur Gorrie

Stench of death lingers at scene of gangland-style killing

POLICE divers will today continue searching for body parts after the gangland-style torture-killing of a man whose dismembered body was dumped at Cedar Pocket last week.

"You can still smell death at the scene," said Central Regional crime co-ordinator Darrin Shadlow at Gympie police station yesterday.

Detective Acting Superintendent Shadlow said police could now reveal the victim was a Caucasian male but the cause of death was still unknown.

The man's head had been removed, his arms below the elbows and his torso severed below the ribs, with the lower portion and legs still missing.

With the body found burning beside Cedar Pocket Rd, A/Supt Shadlow said fire damage had hampered identification efforts, but "the pathologist was still able to carry out a post mortem."

DNA tests were currently under way, he said.

He was not in a position to comment on a rumour the death may have been a drug-related execution, but said anyone with any information could provide it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

He said police had set up a dedicated investigation centre at Gympie station and this would continue indefinitely, "until we are finished here."

He said Gympie and regional detectives were being assisted by members of the Brisbane Homicide Squad and members of the Tactical Crime Squad.

Police have asked for anyone on Cedar Pocket Rd between 5pm and 7pm Thursday night to report anything suspicious and to notify police of their presence in the area.