Strike force investigate death
TWEED Heads and Homicide Squad detectives have formed a strike force to investigate the death of a man whose charred remains were found in a house fire.
The severely burnt body of a man – who has yet to be formally identified – was found by police at a house fire on Urliup Road at Bilambil early last Friday.
Detectives from Strike Force Daruk are appealing for any information from the public, particularly witnesses from between 2am and 5am on Friday.
The house was completely destroyed by the fire and it has yet to be determined whether the fire was accidental or deliberately lit.
When police and fire brigades attended the scene at 6.30am, the house was well alight. It was not until the fire was extinguished that the charred body was found.
The remains have been sent for forensic testing in Newcastle to identify the man.
“While we have spoken to a number of witnesses, it’s important we receive information from any members of the public who may have seen or heard something in or near the house in the early hours of Friday morning,” Tweed Byron Crime Manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said.
“As the body has not been formally identified, we can’t determine if the deceased lived at the house or was just visiting.
“We are also looking for a motorcycle that belongs to one of the occupants of the house. It was last seen on Golam Drive, about five minutes from the house fire, between 2am and 5am. However it is now missing.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives either on Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or Tweed Heads Police Station on (07) 5536 0999.