Search for Gerbic's remains like 'needle in haystack'
DONNED in specialist wetsuits, police dive squad members have been trudging chest deep through the muddy waters of a creek in the search for remains of murdered man George Gerbic.
The 66-year-old's home and surrounding areas at Main Creek Rd, Tanawha, have been a crime scene for eight days as police and dozens of State Emergency Service volunteers search for evidence.
More than 100 police have worked on the case, dubbed Operation Lima Sea, since the discovery in September last year of a man's charred remains on the side of a road near Gympie.
Rural firefighters literally stumbled over the dismembered, headless torso of a man found burning in a grassfire on Cedar Pocket Rd. The man's arms were severed at the elbows and nothing was left below the rib cage.
After a 10-month investigation and extensive searches for remains, the body was identified late last week as Mr Gerbic.
His partner, Lindy Yvonne Williams, 56, was charged with his murder and interfering with a corpse.
Detective Acting Inspector Nikki Colfs said police were yet to confirm the alleged murder took place at the couple's Tanawha home.
A sea of orange covered the dense scrub and creek areas near the property yesterday as SES volunteers armed with rakes, hoes, mattocks and whipper snippers scoured vegetation for clues.
The volunteers cleared the area for the search. Police admit it has been like looking for a needle in a haystack.
"Nothing has been located yet through the house or property as we are still waiting for the results of scientific testing," Det Act Insp Colfs said.
"We are looking for any evidence where the offence may have occurred or physical evidence that might have been used in commission of the crime."
Septic tanks were drained as part of the search and police excavated a backyard pool that was filled with soil only recently.
Items have been taken from the scene and are being scientifically examined in Brisbane.
Neighbours are still shocked to see their usually quiet street swarming with police.
"We've lived here two weeks and from what we knew, it was a quiet town with a lot of older neighbours," Leonie Fuge-Cloney said.
"It's only six houses down from us. It's so bizarre and as you can imagine, surreal. It's so close."
Ms Williams will remain behind bars until her next court date on September 1.