Body parts found on road

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

HU­MAN re­mains dis­cov­ered on a ma­jor road artery north of Syd­ney were run over by sev­eral cars, scat­ter­ing body parts over the road.

Po­lice are now work­ing to iden­tify the re­mains and es­tab­lish how they got to be on the F3, on the NSW Cen­tral Coast.

‘‘ At this point we sim­ply don’t know,’ ’ De­tec­tive Sergeant Dar­ren Deamer said.

A mo­torist who ac­ci­den­tally drove over the re­mains called po­lice about 11.45pm on Tues­day.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived at the scene body parts were scat­tered over 400m near the Gos­ford off-ramp at Somersby, Det Sgt Deamer said.

‘‘ It ap­pears, at this stage of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the body has been run over nu­mer­ous times.’’

A mo­torist, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, told smh.com.au he was driv­ing on the F3 when he ran over what he thought was an an­i­mal.

‘‘ There was a whole heap of what looked like a roo - lots of bits and pieces ev­ery­where,’’ he said.

‘‘ It’s ter­ri­ble to say, if it’s ac­tu­ally a per­son, it’s bloody hor­ren­dous.’’

De­tec­tives are now pursu- ing sev­eral lines of in­quiry, in­clud­ing whether the de­ceased may have com­mit­ted sui­cide or been killed in a hit-and-run in­ci­dent.

‘‘ It’s un­ex­plained death, so any hy­poth­e­sis could be pos­si­ble,’’ Det Sgt Deamer said. ‘‘ If it is a hit-and-run, that per­son needs to con­tact po­lice as soon as pos­si­ble so this mat­ter can be dealt with.’’

Po­lice are also not rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­ity that the per­son may have died some­where else, then been dumped on the free­way.

All three north bound lanes and one south­bound lane were closed to traf­fic on the free­way from the Calga in­ter­change for sev­eral hours yes­ter­day morn­ing, as po­lice con­ducted a line search of the road­way and nearby bush.

Det Sgt Deamer could not com­ment on how many body parts were lo­cated, if they were clothed, whether they be­longed to a male or fe­male, or how old the de­ceased may have been.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion will be con­ducted in com­ing days to iden­tify the dead per­son and de­ter­mine the time and cause of death.

Po­lice are ask­ing any mem­bers of the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion about the dis­cov­ery to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Photo: GRAHAM GARY

SHOCK­ING: uniden­ti­fied hu­man re­mains on the Syd­ney F3 free­way caused traf­fic chaos as po­lice shut north bound lanes to in­ves­ti­gate

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