Rockhampton man Robert Martinez.
Rockhampton man Robert Martinez. Contributed

More tests on bones of Martinez before releasing to family

FORENSIC teams won't be releasing Robert Martinez's bones until further tests are completed.

A post mortem on Monday revealed the bones belonged to the Rockhampton man, who police believe was murdered.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon said Mr Martinez's dental records played a key role in identifying the remains, which were found last week at a property in Bowlin Rd (at the eastern end of Quay St).

Those dental records as well as Mr Martinez's medical records, helped in the identification process.

Meanwhile, the area where the Rockhampton man's bones were found still remains under police guard.

The farmer who manages the property, and who found Mr Martinez's bones while he was bulldozing in the area, is still believed to be off the property while detectives and forensic teams continue their search.

The 2428ha property, at southside's Bowlin Rd, has been the focus of police investigations for the past two weeks.

On October 18, 2014, police found Chantal Barnett's handbag about 500m from where they found Mr Martinez's bones.

Inside Ms Barnett's handbag were several personal documents including her Queensland driver's licence and her Medicare card.

In March last year, the police found Mr Martinez's Holden Commodore near Gavial Creek, at the end of Quay St.

Det Snr Sgt Moon said forensic tests were ongoing.

In the past 48 hours, since the Queensland Government announced it would offer a $250,000 reward to anyone with crucial information about the person responsible for the double murder, there had been an increase in the number of calls to Crime Stoppers.

Authorities are sorting through those phone calls and will be speaking to each informant individually.

Detectives want to speak with an informant who gave authorities important information about Mr Martinez's car, and the occupants inside the vehicle.

If you have any major information that could assist police, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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