Rottnest head - more revealed
More details are revealed in the ongoing police investigation to identify the human head that washed up on Rottnest Island on January 6.PT0M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cgeq 620 349 January 9, 2013
Police are reportedly searching an apartment on Hay Street believed to be the residence of a man whose head washed up on Rottnest Island wrapped in plastic.
Police believe the man was killed at the apartment, Channel Seven reported.
The dentity of the man, a Perth resident, was discovered by police on Friday.
Grisly find at Porpoise Bay in Rottnest. Photo: Channel Ten
However, police are waiting to notify family members before releasing his identity publicly.
The man's head was discovered by a family while beach combing on the south of the island at Porpoise Bay, 18km off the Perth coast on Sunday.
The head was found inside a plastic bag by an 11-year-old girl.
Police teams search the beaches of Rottnest Island for more body parts. Photo: Channel Ten
Major Crime Squad detectives travelled from the mainland, with forensics officers, to comb the island for clues earlier in the week.
The situation was almost immediately branded a murder investigation.
Following a post mortem earlier in the week the man was believed to be aged 30 to 60 year old, with a full beard and moustache, which hung below his chin.
Most strikingly, he had almost no teeth on the top row of his mouth.
The teeth would have been missing for some time before his death and he did not wear a plate or dentures to conceal the gap, forensic examinations revealed.
Given the head was found wrapped in plastic, a shark attack has been ruled out.
Major Crime Squad detectives are continuing their investigations into the death.
Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Callers may remain anonymous.