Queensland wood chipper death deemed suspicious

A MURDER investigation has been launched following the death of a man who was initially believed to have been killed in a wood chipper accident.

Around 7.40pm on 12 November, 2017, police were called to a rural property at Goomboorian after reports a 54-year-old Nambour man had died following an incident with an industrial wood chipper.

Following ongoing investigations, police have now determined the man’s death to be suspicious.


“Information we received during the course of our coronial investigations has lead us to believe that the death is suspicious and we have a number of detectives and police experts investigating this incident,” Detective Inspector Gary Pettiford from the Crime and Support Services, Wide Bay Burnett District said.

Detectives executed a search warrant on the same rural property last Sunday and with assistance from members of the SES, seized a number of items for forensic examination.

Detective Insp Pettiford said police were following a number of promising lines of enquiries and are confident of determining exactly what happened.

“I urge anyone with any information that could assist us with our investigations to come forward – either by contacting Gympie detectives, Policelink or anonymously via Crimestoppers,” he said.

Officers from the Homicide Investigation Unit are now assisting local detectives with the investigation.

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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