Police confident they will identify body found in pit in Brisbane’s north

Human remains were found by police at a Brisbane property on Tuesday. Photo: 7 News Brisbane/TwitterPolice are confident they will be able to identify the skeletal remains of a male found in an underground pit at a property in Brisbane’s north on Tuesday.
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More than 90 per cent of the skeletal remains have been identified and transferred to the John Tonge Centre for forensic examination after they were discovered at an Autism Queensland site in Brighton on Tuesday.

Acting Superintendent Mick O’Dowd said the the discovery was made during plumbing inspections at a detached house, used as an administration centre, at the rear of the property.

“When they lifted the lid to inspect the water pit at the rear of the centre, a body of a deceased person was found inside,” he said.

Police were treating the discovery as a homicide at this stage.

“There were some indications that were a bit unusual from inside the pit when we took the lid off so we just have to work through that and that is our avenue of investigation at the moment,” Acting Superintendent O’Dowd said.

“We are treating it as a homicide at this stage.”

Acting Superintendent O’Dowd said it was likely the bones belonged to somebody who had been dead for about 30 years, which would make it “difficult and time consuming” to examine the DNA, however he was confident the man’s identity would be uncovered.

“We are confident we can positively identify (the person), as you can understand it will take some time,” he said.

“There will be an examination (of the skeletal remains) tomorrow and then it will possibly take weeks or months after that to acquire DNA and examine it.”

A single running shoe was also found alongside the remains, Acting Superintendent O’Dowd said.

“There was very little clothing inside and it was quite weathered, there was a shoe and not a lot else,” he said.

Acting Superintendent O’Dowd said the North Road property was privately owned before it was bought by Autism Queensland 30 years ago.

“We are trying to locate those people (previous owners) but we think they may have deceased,” he said.

Only a “handful” of missing persons cases have been identified from that time period and Acting Superintendent O’Dowd said it was now the case of finding the family of those who went missing.

“We have got some Crime Stoppers information recently in the last couple of days and that has been of great assistance to us,” Acting Superintendent O’Dowd said.

“It is only a small amount of people that we are looking at at the moment.

“Because the passage of time, some of the members of the family would be quite elderly now, we have to search through births, deaths and marriages to confirm some of those relations, to see if those people are still alive or if they have moved to a different area.”

Anyone with any information ha been urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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