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Homicide Squad detectives release image of vehicle related to suspicious death

Homicide Squad detectives have released an image of a vehicle and are appealing for information following the suspicious death of a man in the state’s south at the weekend.

About 4.50pm on Sunday (2 February 2020), emergency services were called to bushland near McNee Street at Broulee, following the discovery of a man’s body.

At the time the man’s body was located, he was wearing a dark blue sleeveless fitted t-shirt, light blue jeans and white sneakers.

He is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be a 56-year-old man from Canberra.

A post mortem examination will be conducted in the following days to determine the cause of death.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and South Coast Police District have established Strike Force Henrick to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Initial inquiries suggest the man had made arrangements to meet up with a person he had connected with through an online dating application. He travelled by car from Canberra to Batemans Bay on Sunday morning.

As investigations continue, detectives have released an image of the car, a dark purple Honda Jazz, with ACT registration plates YFD 00H.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said police are urging anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle to come forward.

“We are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen or who may have dashcam footage of this car as it was driven between Canberra and Batemans Bay on Sunday,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“Upon arriving in Batemans Bay, we believe this man may have been using the dating app, ‘Grindr’, to meet with another person before his body was found.

“This is a small community and we hope that someone may be able to assist our investigators – either through sightings of the car, or who also may have been using dating applications to meet people in the area,” Det Supt Doherty said.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Henrick detectives to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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