Cannonvale man disappeared in suspicious circumstances
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 stoppers.com.au, or contact the Whitsunday Police Station on 4949 8888.