Body in Barrel: Police swarm Gold Coast shopping complex as search for wanted man continues

UPDATE @ 7.15 AM on FRIDAY | A MAJOR manhunt continues this morning for a man wanted over the discovery of a body found in a barrel on the back of a ute on the northern Gold Coast.

Overnight, police swarmed on a Woolworths store in Pimpama following reports of a sighting of 34-year-old Zlatko Sikorsky. The shopping complex was placed into lockdown with officers searching vehicles as they left the premises.

After a large scale search of the area involving the police chopper, the sighting turned out to be a false alarm.


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Sikorsky is believed to be in the Logan/Gold Coast area and is understood to be travelling in a silver 2014 Holden Commodore with a sunroof and Queensland registration 966 WKB.

A manhunt for Sikorsky began on Wednesday after a body, believed to be that of a female, was found in the back of a black utility at Stapylton.

It’s understood police were looking for a missing person when they made the grim discovery.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr Sikorsky is urged not to approach him as he may be armed, but to contact police immediately.

Additional reporting by Shanee Dobeson.

EARLIER @ 10.30 AM on THURSDAY | Police are urging people not to approach a man believed to be armed and on the run following the discovery of a body in the barrel of a ute on the northern Gold Coast.

Zlatko Sikorsky is believed to be travelling in a silver 2014 Holden Commodore with a sunroof and Queensland registration 966 WKB.

Detectives believe the 34-year-old man may able to assist them with their ‘active inquiries’ into the homicide of a person, understood to be female.

The body was found in the back of a black utility at Stapylton around 1.30pm on Wednesday.

It’s understood police were looking for a missing person when they made the grim discovery.

An investigation centre has been established at Logan Central Police Station with two crime scenes also set up in Stapylton and Buccan.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr Sikorsky is urged not to approach him but to contact police immediately.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

EARLIER @ 6: 30 AM on THURSDAY | A MAJOR manhunt continues this morning after a body was found in a barrel on the back of a ute on the northern Gold Coast.

It’s understood police were looking for a missing person when they made the grim discovery at Stapylton around 1.30pm on Wednesday.

Detective Superintendent Region Crime Coordinator Mark White said officers located the body in the back of a black utility at a “mobile home park”.

The body, believed to be female, was reportedly found in a barrel hidden under a tarp on the back of the ute’s tray.

Police had tracked the ute to the address on Silky Oak Crescent in Stapylton after it sped off from a house at Buccan, in Logan.

Officers had attended the Logan home in relation to a missing person when a man ran allegedly out of the house and took off in the ute.

After dumping it at Stapylton, it’s alleged the man then drove away in a silver late-model Holden Commodore with registration 966WKB.

(Source: Queensland Police)

Police continue this morning to search for the silver sedan and the man, who is believed to be dangerous and possibly armed.

They are urging anyone who sees the vehicle to call Triple Zero (000) immediately and not to approach it or its occupants.

Speaking to reporters last night, Detective Superintendent White said the investigation was at “a real critical stage”.

He confirmed police were treating the death as a homicide, but remained tight-lipped on the specifics.

“We are very early in the investigation … It’s at a real critical stage,” he said.

“We have a lot of information that is coming in … a lot of information we’re processing.”

Detective Superintendent White could not confirm whether the victim was the missing person they had been looking for.

“We don’t know the identity of this person and we may not know that until tomorrow or possibly the next day.”

He said detectives from Logan, the Gold Coast and the homicide Investigation Unit were working the case.

An investigation centre has been established at Logan Central Police Station.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.

FIRST at 5.30PM on WEDNESDAY | A MAJOR manhunt is underway following the discovery of a body in a car on the northern Gold Coast.

In a statement, Queensland Police said a man fled from officers when they attended a private address at Buccan in relation to a missing person around 1.30pm on Wednesday.

As officers arrived at the address, police said the man took off in a black ute.

It was later tracked and found at a gated complex in Stapylton, on the far northern end of the Coast.

It’s understood the missing person who police had been looking for was found dead in that ute.

Their age, gender and cause of death is not known.

The driver is believed to have abandoned the ute at the complex before fleeing in a silver late-model Holden Commodore sedan with registration 966 WKB.

Anyone who sees the vehicle is urged not to approach it but to call Triple Zero (000) immediately, with reports the driver is dangerous and possible armed.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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