More than a dozen SES volunteers were called in to assist police in the search of Dairyville prompting the discovery of a man's torso.
More than a dozen SES volunteers were called in to assist police in the search of Dairyville prompting the discovery of a man's torso. Trevor Veale

Dairyville body identified

POLICE have identified the remains of a man found at Dairyville a month ago but they’re not yet saying who he is.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said yesterday the man was a Coffs Harbour 36-year-old who was a regular visitor to the Dairyville area and a regular camper.

But mystery remains about how the man died and how his body came to be torn in two.

A father and his three children raised the alarm on November 1 when they discovered the lower portion of a human body while they were swimming at Wayper Creek.

The grisly find sparked a large scale police and SES search of the area, which unearthed camping gear and other personal items.

The rest of the body has not been found, however.The remains were subjected to extensive DNA testing in a bid to identify them.

Police have not publicly released the details of the autopsy report but they are now saying the death is no longer being treated as suspicious.

Mr Lindsay said the man was reported missing three weeks before the body was discovered.

It was also believed the body had been at the location for two weeks.

“We don’t believe the body was separated due to human intervention,” Mr Lindsay said.

He would not elaborate further, only to say separation of the body and the cause of death were now matters for the coroner to consider.

“Police are giving the man’s family a chance to contact further family members before his name is released,” Mr Lindsay said.

He confirmed the man’s family lives in the Coffs Harbour area.



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