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

New leads but 'body in a bag' still a mystery

DESPITE leads police have yet to identify the remains of a man's body found in a bag at Tumbulgum.

"There have been some historical leads but we still haven't identified the remains," Tweed-Byron crime manager Brendon Cullen said.

Detective Inspector Cullen said a number of people had contact police saying they had not seen someone for a long period of time.

Police are investigating all leads to try to identify the remains.

Earlier this month police held a nation-wide appeal in a bid to find out more information from the public.

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

The remains were so badly decomposed police have not been able to determine how the man died.

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.

Anyone with 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.