Cops look for cause of injuries in Kurtis West's death
POLICE have ruled out alcohol-fuelled violence as the cause of death for 18-year-old Kurtis West, whose body was found near a railway track in Jambin on Saturday morning.
Mystery still surrounds the Wandal teenager's death, which is being treated as suspicious.
A post-mortem has been conducted on the body.
His parents spoke emotionally about their son at a Rockhampton press conference yesterday, asking for information from the public.
Kurtis was found on the Jambin-Dakenba Rd about 3.40am after leaving the Jambin Pub at 11pm.
Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon said police should have some answers within days, but they will be reported to the coroner.
"Kurtis had some injuries; how he obtained those injuries are the subject of our investigation," he said.
"There has been a lot of speculation as to what the cause has been.
"We're investigating whether or not he was subject to some violence at different parts of Jambin."
Det Moon also said police were unable to discuss the cause of death, or how Kurtis came to be on that road, while the pathologist was still doing examinations.
"I can clearly say at this stage that we've excluded alcohol-fuelled violence as a cause of Kurtis's death," he said.
"But the actual nature and the circumstances are still under investigation."
Kurtis was allegedly involved in a fight at the Jambin Pub before he left with friends. Police are working to piece together what happened.
Det Moon said police knew Kurtis was on Jambin-Dakumba Rd between 1am and 4am.
"We know that vehicles traverse that road regularly, and we'd ask that people who may have seen Kurtis or any person ... along that roadway or any other vehicle on that road way to contact Crime Stoppers," he said.
More than 30 people have been interviewed so far, with further leads being investigated.