Missing truckie murder inquiry
POLICE believe a truck driver reported missing from Proserpine five years ago was murdered.
Information provided to Crimestoppers and the National Missing Persons Unit has led to the homicide squad declaring the disappearance of Michael Leslie Devitt, 48, a murder investigation.
“There has been some information which leads us to believe it is a homicide,” Detective Inspector Damien Hansen of the Homicide Investigation Unit said.
Mr Devitt’s family was recently informed of the developments with the case.
The father- of- two was reported missing on August 26 in 2010, seven months after he was last seen.
The truckie had moved from Brisbane to the Whitsundays to help out a friend who ran a transport business.
Insp Hansen said in Brisbane police were investigating an incident involving Mr Deviit at the Grand Central Hotel in Proserpine on January 26 or 27 in 2010. He said the incident was not of a physical nature but did involve guests and management at the hotel.
“There was an incident that evening that has resulted in him leaving ( the hotel),” Insp Hansen said.
“We are aware he attended his place of employment the following morning and then attended the Grand Central Hotel that afternoon.”
Insp Hansen said police had received information that Mr Devitt had contacted a friend before his disappearance.
“Someone out there knows something,” he said. “It is a crime to be an accessory after the fact to unlawful homicide so there are people who could be leaving themselves open to being charged. Come forward ... let us deal with it.”
Mr Devitt’s brother Garry Devitt said the mystery had caused great strain and the family needed closure.
“We are pleading for information to bring closure to the family and to bring him home,” he said.
Michael Leslie Devitt.