Mystery of body deepens

THE discovery of what appears to be human tissue yesterday was grim but promising news for police attempting to identify a severed body found near Dairyville.

A small army of police specialists and SES personnel has converged on the area to search for more body parts since the lower half of a man’s body was found tangled in flood debris at Wayper Creek.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said the ‘suspected human tissue’ found in the search area yesterday would be tested by a forensic pathologist. Investigators yesterday ramped up the operation by sending in police divers and rescuers, Operational Support Group police, a cadaver dog and more SES volunteers.

Police were yesterday not releasing details of the autopsy preliminary report but Mr Lindsay said it did indicate the time of death and how the man’s body came to be severed.

Searchers have found personal items at the scene which could belong to the man and took them away for further examination.

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