Herald Sun

Child’s body in case

Grisly find by the road


A CLEAN-cut man seen car­ry­ing a suit­case just 2km from where the re­mains of a young child were found in South Aus­tralia may hold vi­tal clues to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Two women have told po­lice they saw the man — aged in his 60s, neatly dressed and with a clean-cut ap­pear­ance — car­ry­ing a dark­coloured suit­case at Wy­narka about six weeks ago.

It matches the time frame po­lice be­lieve a dark grey suit­case con­tain­ing the re­mains of the child and cloth­ing was dumped just off the Ka­roonda High­way, 2km west of Wy­narka, some­time in the past two months.

The suit­case was found by a mo­torist on Tues­day and re­ported to po­lice yesterday.

De­tec­tives are treat­ing the death of the child, aged be­tween two and seven, as a mur­der and co-or­di­nated a large search at the scene for ev­i­dence yesterday.

Ma­jor Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch of­fi­cer in charge, de­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Des Bray, said the re­mains of the child were brought to the area in the suit­case and dumped about 2m off the high­way. The pass­ing mo­torist, who made the dis­cov­ery on Tues­day, had been “drawn to some­thing on the side of the road” but did not re­port it to po­lice un­til yesterday morn­ing.

Supt Bray said the per­son had looked in­side the suit­case and found the re­mains, which were taken to Ade­laide for a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion.

A pre­lim­i­nary re­view of na­tional miss­ing per­sons lists found no de­tails of miss­ing chil­dren of a sim­i­lar age in South Aus­tralia, rais­ing the pos­si­bil­ity he or she may be from in­ter­state.

Supt Bray said that there was no sug­ges­tion the re­mains were those of miss­ing NSW boy, Wil­liam Tyrell.

 ??  ?? Po­lice and SES at the scene.
Po­lice and SES at the scene.

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