A MAN has been found shot dead in the back of a ute following a crash on the NSW North Coast.
Mystery still surrounds the discovery, made 100km west of Coffs Harbour about 2.30pm on Tuesday.
In a statement on Friday, NSW Police said officers were responding to reports of a traffic crash outside a home on Armidale Road at Dundurrabin when they were flagged down by a woman in a ute.
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Police said the body of a 40-year-old man was found in the tray of the ute. He’d been shot in the torso.
It’s understood officers located two cars which had collided outside the home. Police believe the crash and the shooting are related.
The 37-year-old woman who flagged down police was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station for questioning but was released a short time later, pending further inquries.
Police have confirmed the woman was known to the man.
The Armidale Road home was declared a crime scene and continues to be forensically examined.
Detectives have set up a dedicated strike force dubbed Lawrencium to investigate the man’s death.
They are being assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.
Anyone with information that may assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.