Murder victim identified

Bay police appeal for public help

Police are appealing for information from holidaymakers after human remains found in a shallow grave near Nelligen were officially identified this week.

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The remains found in the Currowan State Forest have been identified as those of 34-year-old Batemans Bay man, Scott Bryan.

Mr Bryan was last seen at his Short Street home at 1.30pm on November 21, 2008. He was reported missing on December 5, six months before his body was discovered in a surface grave near McCardys Creek Road, Nelligen.

Acting on information received, Batemans Bay police discovered the gravesite using cadaver dogs and established a crime scene on June 22.

Police will not say how Mr Bryan died or whether it was an execution-style killing. Far South Coast Local Area Command crime manager Kevin McNeil said the cause of Mr Bryan’s death would remain with the murderer/s and investigators working on the case.

Insp McNeil said the decomposed state of the body made it difficult to identify the remains, with the post mortem examination taking more than two months to complete.

“At the end of the day the investigation is continuing and we are seeking help from the public for any last sightings and any last contact,” he said.

“Anyone that ... frequents that area, we would be interested to hear from them if they’ve seen anything strange or unusual in that period.”

Far South Coast commander Superintendent Sean Gersbach said the timing of Mr Bryan’s disappearance during the holiday season could provide clues to his mysterious death.

“I believe there might be holidaymakers who were in the area who could hold vital information,” he said.

“We know Batemans Bay is a popular Christmas holiday destination and I would appeal for any visitors or locals who may have been in the area in December 2008 and saw Scott or has information into his death to come forward.

“People may have seen something as they returned home from their holidays or while travelling through the area and not thought any more of it until now.

“I am asking for people who were in the area in December 2008 to cast their minds back.”

Superintendent Gersbach said the smallest detail might prove vital.

Mr Bryan was 195cm tall and of white/European appearance with a solid build and balding hair. He was last seen wearing black track pants, faded black riding boots and a light coloured T-shirt.

Mr Bryan’s mother, Kim, has previously appealed to the public for information about her son’s disappearance. Yesterday she was still in shock about her son’s tragic death and declined to comment.

Anyone with information about Mr Bryan’s death is urged to contact Batemans Bay Police on 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Callers are reminded they can remain anonymous and all information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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