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Divers search spillway in burnt torso investigation

Police divers investigating the murder of a man whose burnt torso was found near Gympie last year have spent the weekend searching a nearby spillway.

The identity of the victim found on the side of a road near Gympie remains a mystery, nearly five months after his decapitated and dismembered body was found.

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Police search dam for torso clues

Dive squad officers search the Cedar Pocket Dam spillway near Gympie as they look for clues to the identity of a dismembered body found last September.

The man’s head, forearms and body below the ribs were missing when emergency services made the grizzly discovery on September 19 at 6.27pm.

The remains were dumped and set on fire just metres from the side of Cedar Pocket Road near Gympie, about 170km north of Brisbane.

Police divers have spent the past two days searching the Cedar Pocket spillway and members of the SES have conducted ground searches.

Several medications were found in the victim's system. These included drugs to treat high blood pressure, an anti-malaria drug which could also be used to treat night-time muscle cramps and cramps associated with heroin withdrawal, a common sedative, and anti-histamine.


Since the man’s body was discovered, numerous appeals for public information have been unable to provide investigators with a clear idea of who the man is.

In October, police released an image of a burnt beach towel found at the scene and police are confident more information will be forthcoming according to Detective Inspector Bruce McNab.

“We firmly believe someone out there has information that will help us solve this case. We have investigated a number of leads, but need the public’s assistance. Someone knows more details about what happened to this man,” he said.

Numerous witnesses have reported seeing a small gold, bronze or orange hatchback in the area around the time the body was found.

A woman aged between 30 and 50 years of age with shoulder length hair was also seen in and around the vehicle.

“We have identified the vehicle was parked in very close proximity to the area the deceased was located. We believed the woman was connected to the deceased,” Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said last year.

The woman was wearing three-quarter-length dark gym pants and a top.

Police said examinations revealed the man was aged between 25 and 50, between 180cm and 190cm tall, with a large, solid build and he had two small circular scars on his right upper arm and one on his left upper arm, all of which could have been vaccination marks.

His torso had a 3cm scar on the right side of the back from a previous injury or surgical procedure.

He was wearing a size 2XL shirt.

- with Marissa Calligeros