‘Crucial Breakthrough’ Man charged over alleged murder of Sam Price-Purcell

A MAN has today been charged with the murder of missing Brisbane man Sam Price-Purcell.

The 36-year-old, from Leyburn, was charged by detectives from the Homicide Investigation Unit following a protracted investigation which included property searches at Leyburn and Helidon as well as a vehicle examination.

Mr Price-Purcell, 25, was last seen in the Mitchelton area on February 16, 2015.


At the time, he was sighted getting into a bright yellow 2010 Holden Commodore SS sedan. Police believe he then travelled to Toowoomba, however he was never seen again.

The Leyburn man is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today charged with murder.

Detectives said despite the charge, Mr Price-Purcell’s body has never been found.

“This was a crucial breakthrough for us and comes after a comprehensive investigation by detectives,” Detective Acting Inspector David Nicoll of the Homicide Group said.

“While this arrest is certainly a significant breakthrough for us, it does not mark the end. We still have more work to do and remain committed to bringing all those responsible for Sam’s murder before the court.

“Importantly, Sam’s remains have not been located and police are appealing for anyone with information in relation to Sam’s murder or the location of his remains to contact police.”