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Tweed body in a bag mystery to feature on Wanted

From left, former Detective Superintendent Terence Dalton, Ten newsreaders Sandra Sully and Matt Doran and forensic anthropologist Dr Xanthe Mallet star in the TV series Wanted. Supplied by Network Ten.
From left, former Detective Superintendent Terence Dalton, Ten newsreaders Sandra Sully and Matt Doran and forensic anthropologist Dr Xanthe Mallet star in the TV series Wanted. Supplied by Network Ten. Stephen Baccon

THE identity of a man's remains found in a sleeping bag on the banks of the Tweed River at Tumbulgum is still a mystery.

But new leads are bound to come in after the intriguing case was picked up by the new national crime focused television program Wanted.

Tweed-Byron Crime Manager Brendon Cullen told the Daily News he hoped the TV show would spark interest nation wide.

"We haven't got any firm leads at the moment," he said.

"I'm hoping this show will help."

The Channel 10 film crew came to the Tweed to film the detectives working on the case last week.

Senior Constable Luke Pryke at the Tweed police station with the sleeping bag.
Senior Constable Luke Pryke at the Tweed police station with the sleeping bag. John Gass

Police were only able to give them the information they had, which Inspector Cullen said did not include a sketch or artists impression of what the deceased man may have looked like.

Despite initial leads from a nation-wide appeal in early June police have had nothing solid.

"There have been some historical leads but we still haven't identified the remains," Inspector Brendon Cullen said last month.

During the appeal police showed media a unique bag the man was found in, which they believed was used as a sleeping bag.

How the man actually died is also still a mystery, they can't determine is it was suspicious or not.

A post mortem examination did establish the man was Caucasian and aged between 50 to 70 years.

He was 163cm tall and of a thin build with grey hair tied in a ponytail with a blue band and may have worn dentures.

Checks of missing person databases have failed to identify the body and Strike Force Tukara was formed to investigate the death.

Detectives hope the cotton bag in which the body was found may offer clues to his identity.

  • It is approximately 60cm x 165cm and is made of plaid Indian cotton.
  • The material is blue with an off white cheque and may have been hand made.
  • The man was also wearing a pair of orange and blue underpants.

If you have information about the investigation is asked to contact Tweed Heads Police on 07 5536 0999, Murwillumbah Police on 02 6672 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Wanted premiered on Channel 10 last week and launched mix of criminal appeals and missing people appeals from all corners of Australia.

The segment is due to air on July 22.

Topics:  tweed police wanted



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