Police identify the type of car in "Torso Murder"

POLICE say they have identified the type of vehicle involved in the disposal of the Cedar Pocket headless torso.

They also released a description of a woman "known to be driving this vehicle".

The vehicle was seen at the side of Cedar Pocket Rd during the period when the torso was dumped nearby and set alight, police say.

Acting Inspector Nikki Colfs yesterday said the vehicle is a 2011 orange Nissan Micra hatchback.

Further police investigations have revealed the car was also seen in the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach areas before the discovery of the human remains.

Acting Inspector Colfs said a woman was known to be driving the vehicle.

"She is described as a middle-aged Caucasian

woman of medium build with blonde to brown hair," she said.

The announcement marks significant progress since the torso was found amid burning grass at the side of Cedar Pocket Rd, Cedar Pocket, on September 19, 2013. Earlier this year, police issued details regarding a small orange, gold or bronze coloured hatchback seen in the area before the body was found about 6.27pm.

Also this year, police announced the find of a skull and bones near Tin Can Bay. Tests confirmed the torso and the skull were from different victims.

Insp Bruce McNab said in May the skull appeared to be part of a body that had been pulled apart by animals and its bones scattered.

He said police had received a large amount of information on both finds.

He made a public appeal for people to report any family or finds who could be missing, in order to help identify both sets of remains.

The skull was later identified as that of Gold Coast father Shaun Barker.

The 33-year-old man's car was found dumped and burned out in Gold Coast bushland, after a tip-off to police.

Gold Coast Detective Superintendent Brian Swan said the car was also damaged.

Police said that although the car was found on June 17, it took almost a week for it to be identified because of the state it was in.

Gympie Times


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