SES volunteers and a police dog search grass land along Cedar Pocket Road. Photo: Tanya Easterby/Gympie Times
Police still have no clue to the identity of a man whose charred, decapitated and dismembered body was found on the side of a rural road north of Brisbane two weeks ago.
Rural firefighters found the man's body after extinguishing a grass fire on the side of Cedar Pocket Road near Gympie, north of Brisbane, at about 6.45pm on September 19.
We're going to follow every piece of information no matter how long it takes
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.
The burnt beach towel found near the remains of a man at Cedar Pocket. Photo: Supplied. Photo: Supplied
Identifying the victim, believed to be a man aged 20 years or older, is proving to be detectives' most difficult task.
Cadaver dogs were sent to the scene in a bid to find the man's missing body parts, while police divers searched creeks nearby and State Emergency Service volunteers scoured the ground, but it was to no avail.
Without the man's teeth, dental records cannot be called upon as they usually would to identify a victim of crime.
The location where a man's body was found. Photo: Nine News
"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 sort of investigations can be a marathon not a sprint. We're going to follow every piece of information no matter how long it takes."
On Friday, police released an image of a burnt beach towel, which they hope will help identify the victim.
Police divers search creeks near Cedar Pocket Road where the man's body was found.
"We're working every piece of information to its logical conclusion and moving on to the next one," Detective Inspector McNabb said.
"I'm very confident with the strategies that we've got and the staffing and the support from the community that we will work out what happened."
Investigators are appealing for anyone who recognises the towel to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police searching bushland near Gympie where the body was found. Photo: Sarah Greenhalgh/Ten News via Twitter
Police have also urged anyone who may have seen a stationary car on the side of Cedar Pocket Road between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday, September 19, to contact investigators.
"We've had a number of people come forward in relation to the movement of both cars and people in the area," Detective Inspector McNabb said.
He would not confirm whether police had identified any person or vehicle of interest.
"We encourage the community to keep phoning through any information they may have, because we've had a really strong flow of information from the local community and the Queensland community," he said.
Meanwhile, any person who has concerns for a male friend or family member, aged 20 years or older, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.