MUR­DER AND MIS­CON­DUCT

Roma man charged over 2015 dis­ap­pear­ance

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE -

DE­TEC­TIVES have charged a sec­ond man with the mur­der of Sam Price-Pur­cell.

Owen James Harris, 29, of Roma, was charged with mur­der and mis­con­duct with a corpse by de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the 2015 dis­ap­pear­ance of Sam Price-Pur­cell.

De­tec­tives from the Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit and Ferny Grove Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch charged Harris on Satur­day morn­ing.

He was due to ap­pear in Roma Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day how­ever his case has been ad­journed and he will ap­pear in Toowoomba Mag­is­trates Court on July 5.

Mr Price-Pur­cell, 25, was last seen in the Mitchel­ton area in Bris­bane’s north on Fe­bru­ary 16, 2015.

Po­lice be­lieve Mr Price-Pur­cell left the sub­urb in a yel­low Holden Com­modore, trav­el­ling to Toowoomba, but he has not been seen since.

Po­lice be­lieve the young man was the victim of foul play how­ever his re­mains have not been re­cov­ered.

The break­through ar­rest fol­lows the charg­ing last Mon­day of 36-year-old Michael Jay Evans, from Ley­burn near War­wick, with Mr Price-Pur­cell’s mur­der.

Mr Evans ap­peared be­fore the Toowoomba Mag­is­trates Court, and will reap­pear on Septem­ber 10.

Act­ing De­tec­tive In­spec­tor David Ni­coll, of the Homi­cide Group, said while the ar­rests were a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it re­mained on­go­ing.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will con­tinue un­til all those involved in Sam’s mur­der and dis­posal of his re­mains are put be­fore the courts,” In­spec­tor Ni­coll said.

“Po­lice would like to thank mem­bers of the pub­lic who have as­sisted in this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It would not have been solved with­out them com­ing for­ward and speak­ing with po­lice.

“We again appeal for any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to Sam’s mur­der or the lo­ca­tion of his re­mains to con­tact Crime Stop­pers.

“It is never too late to come for­ward and no piece of in­for­ma­tion is too small.”

If you have in­for­ma­tion on the case, con­tact Po­licelink on 131 444.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

EV­I­DENCE: De­tec­tives seized a yel­low 2010 Holden Com­modore SS sedan in re­la­tion to the dis­ap­pear­ance and sus­pected mur­der of Sam Price-Pur­cell. IN­SET: Sam Price-Pur­cell.

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