Cadaver dog called to scene after grisly body discovery

A CADAVER dog has joined a team of police investigators and SES volunteers searching through a suspected murder scene at Cedar Pocket.

A body, believed to have been decapitated and set on fire, was found on the side of a Cedar Pocket Rd last night.

Rural firefighters found the remains after they responded to a 000 call for a small spot fire about 6.45pm.

After putting out the fire, the two volunteers stumbled across a body on the side of the road,  about 2m from the bitumen.

Police have said the corpse showed substantial injuries.

"We are treating the fire and the body as linked incidents," Det Insp Briese said at a press conference outside Gympie Police Station this morning.

"An autopsy is under way as we speak, at the John Tongue Centre in Brisbane."

A cadaver dog has been sent to the scene to search for missing body parts.

Det Insp Briese said it was believed the deceased had not been dead for long and probably died yesterday.

He has called on anyone with information to come forward.

"We are very keen for members of the public with any information to pass it on by ringing Gympie Police Station (5480 1111) or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000," Insp Briese said.

"We would particularly like anyone who was in the area between 4pm and 7pm yesterday to come forward.

"The death is being treated as suspicious, but as with any investigation like this, we keep an open mind.

"It's only early stages for the investigation.

"It is a rural area and we hope that if anyone saw anything out of the ordinary, they would be able to  contact us with that information."

A major incident room has been established at Gympie Police Station and  local detectives and homicide detectives are working on the case.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24 hours a day.

Gympie Times

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