Tweed Police launch appeal over “body in a bag” murder mystery

Detectives in northern NSW have launched a fresh appeal for information, in a bid to solve a decades-old murder mystery.

The body of a man was found stuffed inside a cotton-fibre style bag and dumped on the banks of the Tweed River at Tumbulgum about 7pm on Saturday 24 November 2012.

Despite “exhaustive inquiries” and comparisons to missing person cases from across the country, detectives have never been able to identify the victim.


A post mortem was also unable to determine the man’s cause of death, due to there being no visible signs of injury and the body being heavily decomposed.

However, the post mortem was able to establish that the man was Caucasian, aged between 50 to 70-years-old, 163cm tall, with a thin build and grey hair tied in a ponytail with a blue band.

“Further investigations have revealed the man wore dentures,” NSW Police said.

Early last year, investigators engaged a forensic artist from Scotland to construct a ‘3D virtual sculpture’ and ‘digital forensic facial reconstruction’ to depict what the man may have looked like.

Police have now released the artist’s impression to coincide with National Missing Persons Week, with the hope someone may recognise the man from their past.

“The tragedy about this case is that someone somewhere is wondering where their brother is, where their mate is, maybe where their dad is, and this could be him,” Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said.

“NSW Police Force detectives are highly-skilled investigators but they can’t succeed without information.

“If you are missing someone who matches this profile, please call your nearest police station or Crime Stoppers – it may be the call that solves this mystery, and ends a lot of heartache for a family,” he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Tweed Heads Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.