Police in appeal for murder help

POLICE investigating the murder of Michael Manson last night set up camp at the side of a rural road where they believe the Lockyer Waters man was last seen alive.

Mr Manson, 48, was found dead in the back of his blue Ford Falcon ute at Atkinson Dam on December 10, however police believe he was involved in a deadly roadside confrontation with another man at Coominya Connection Road, about 2km west of Coominya township, in the late hours of December 8 or early December 9.

Detectives positioned Mr Manson's ute and a silver Holden Commodore – similar to the one thought to have been used by the possible killer – by the side of Coominya Connection Road last night.

Acting Detective Inspector Mick Trezise said police were hoping the scenario may help jog the memory of a person who drove past the vehicles on the night of Mr Manson's death.

“We have received information which suggests an assault occurred in that location,” Inspector Trezise said.

“These two vehicles left Coominya headed in that direction and we believe they stopped at some point.”

Police pulled over all vehicles which travelled along the Coominya Connection Road between 8pm and the early hours of this morning, seeking information from anyone who had also travelled along the same road on the night Mr Manson went missing.

Insp Trezise said the blue Ford ute could have been parked by the roadside for a significant period of time.

Despite the relatively small volume of traffic which uses the road late at night, he said there was a strong chance that someone travelling home from work or from town saw something which could assist in the investigation.

Police are also appealing for information on the murder of Carl Upson, 35, who was found shot dead in his home at Buaraba, near Esk, on December 16.

Mr Upson's home is less than 15km from the place where Mr Manson's body was found, but police have not confirmed any link between the two deaths.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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