Police have identified human remains found inside a large metal drum as those of Norman Desmond Cheney, 41.
Police have identified human remains found inside a large metal drum as those of Norman Desmond Cheney, 41.

Police identify human remains

BREAKING, 5.30pm: POLICE have identified human remains found inside a large metal drum in a river bed in Caboolture.

The find was made last Saturday and the remains have since been identified as those of a man reported missing last December.

The drum was located in a river bed in the upper reaches of the Caboolture River, near Old North Road, Rocksberg.

As a result of police investigations, the remains have been confirmed as human and have been identified as those of reported missing person Norman Desmond Cheney. It is believed Mr Cheney died as a result of severe trauma.

Mr Cheney, aged 41, of Sandgate, was reported missing by his family on December 27, 2010. He was last seen alive on or about Monday, December 20 at his Ninth Avenue, Sandgate residence.

North Brisbane detectives with the assistance of the State Crime Operations Command Homicide Investigation Unit have set up a major investigation room at the Carseldine police station to investigate the homicide under Operation Juliet Point Blank.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance and would like to hear from anyone who may have information relating to the disappearance or murder of Norman Cheney.

Police would also like to hear from anyone who has information relating to the disposal of the metal drum in the upper reaches of the Caboolture River between December 20 and February 5.

Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
 



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