Digital image created through DNA phenotyping of a man whose dead body was found near Nambour 12 years ago. Police hope the new imaging could hold the key to identifying the man.
Digital image created through DNA phenotyping of a man whose dead body was found near Nambour 12 years ago. Police hope the new imaging could hold the key to identifying the man.

New technology could solve 2008 Sunshine Coast cold case

Groundbreaking new DNA technology could be the key in identifying a man whose body was found near Nambour 12 years ago.

Police are launching a fresh public appeal for information, releasing a new digital facial image created from DNA technology to help identify the man.

The man, believed to be aged between 45 and 65, was located dead near the eastern spillway of the Poona Dam near Nambour, by a workman on September 9, 2008.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police believe the man may have been at the location for a few days, however extensive inquiries have not been able to identify him.

Police hoped that the technique called DNA phenotyping would uncover new leads.

The results showed the man may have been of New Zealand descent and was likely to have had green/hazel eyes.

 

Previously released facial comfits of the man.
Previously released facial comfits of the man.

The man was described as having been of a solid build, about 185cm tall, balding with grey hair and having had an appendix scar and four tattoos.

The tattoos were of a shark and eagle on his left shoulder and a woman with an American Indian headdress and what appeared to be a warrior or gnome figure on his right shoulder.

The man's tattoos included a gnome or warrior on the right shoulder. Photo: Queensland Police Media
The man's tattoos included a gnome or warrior on the right shoulder. Photo: Queensland Police Media

 

The man's tattoos included an eagle on his left shoulder. Photo: Queensland Police Media
The man's tattoos included an eagle on his left shoulder. Photo: Queensland Police Media

 

The man's tattoos included a woman with and American Indian headdress on the right shoulder.
The man's tattoos included a woman with and American Indian headdress on the right shoulder.

Missing Persons Unit Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Dario Goriup said while the technology is helping investigators, information from the public is vital to solving this case.

"While we are keeping an open mind, current information indicates this man may have close family connections to the North Island of New Zealand, specifically the Tauranga, Bay of Plenty area," Sen Sgt Goriup said.

"We would ask members of the public who are missing a loved one or perhaps have not spoken to a family member or friend since September 2008 to consider this information, take a good look at this image and if there is a resemblance, please contact police.

 

Digital image created through DNA phenotyping
Digital image created through DNA phenotyping

 

"All it could take is one person who recognises the image or details to come forward and this could help us identify this man and find an answer to this 12-year mystery."

The man was located wearing a red Bauhaus baseball cap; long-sleeved Duchamp-brand black shirt; Aus Sportgrey tracksuit pants; white, orange and grey Fila ankle socks and a pair of Cougar white, navy, silver and orange sandshoes. A brown leather Fox satchel was discovered next to his body.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

The satchel found next to the man’s body.
The satchel found next to the man’s body.

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