Miss­ing truckie mur­der in­quiry

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

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.

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