Can­non­vale man dis­ap­peared in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Po­lice now be­lieve a Can­non­vale man who was last seen in early 2010 dis­ap­peared in “sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.”

Michael Les­lie De­vitt was last seen in Proser­pine on or about Jan­uary 27, 2010, and was re­ported miss­ing by his fam­ily on Au­gust 26, 2010.

Of­fi­cer in Charge of the Whit­sun­day Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch De­tec­tive Sergeant John Kent said po­lice had re­ceived a Crime Stop­pers tip-off that led them to be­lieve Mr De­vitt’s dis­ap­pear­ance was sus­pi­cious.

“We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing that ac­cord­ingly and the State Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit have been en­gaged and are work­ing with lo­cal de­tec­tives,” Sgt Kent said.

Foren­sic of­fi­cers from the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion have ex­am­ined a crime scene at the Grand Cen­tral Ho­tel, which po­lice say was Mr De­vitt’s last place of res­i­dence.

Po­lice said they were fo­cussing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion around the Whit­sun­days, “as Mr De­vitt had a lot of as­so­ciates in the area”.

Sgt Kent urged the per­son who had been in con­tact with po­lice to re-con­tact ei­ther the lo­cal sta­tion or Crime Stop­pers.

Po­lice said Mr De­vitt was an “on and off truck driver.” He would now be 53. He is de­scribed as about 175cm tall, of pro­por­tion­ate build, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Crime Stop­pers anony­mously via 1800 333 000 or crime stop­, or con­tact the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion on 4949 8888.

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