Police are not ruling out possible links between the suspected murder of a Gold Coast father and the discovery of a charred torso north of Brisbane.
Police are keeping an open mind about possible links between a young father’s suspected murder and a headless torso found north of Brisbane last year.
A skull found in the Tin Can Bay area, north of the Sunshine Coast, has been identified as that of missing Gold Coast father Shaun Barker.
Forestry workers made the discovery on April 10 in a remote location dotted with hoop pine plantations. A subsequent search uncovered other skeletal remains in a shallow pit about 95m from where the skull was found.
Police confirmed on Friday that the remains belonged to Mr Barker, 33, who was last seen on December 10 with friends and associates at a service station at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
His family reported him missing about a month later, after he failed to get in touch over Christmas.
Police have not ruled out possible links between the Barker case and another presumed murder – that of an unidentified man whose charred torso was found on a roadside several kilometres away.
The headless remains, with arms severed at the elbows and nothing left below the rib cage, were found burnt at Cedar Pocket, near Gympie, on September 19, 2013.
“We have been liaising with Sunshine Coast detectives,” Gold Coast Detective Acting Superintendent Brian Swan told reporters on Friday.
“At this point in time, we have no link between Mr Barker and that particular investigation, but of course we are keeping an open mind.”
Police have no firm leads in the suspected murder of Mr Barker.
Officers have reviewed CCTV footage of him with friends and associates at the Broadbeach service station, but the footage provides no clues about how he left and ended up dead hundreds of kilometres away.
“They are of interest to the investigation but they are not suspects,” Det Supt Swan said of the people who last saw Mr Barker alive.
It has not been revealed how Mr Barker, who was the father of a young child, died.
Police are urging anyone with information about his final movements to come forward. They are also searching for his blue Kia Rio, with Queensland registration 518 TBV.
Det Supt Swan said police were looking into Mr Barker’s background, but at this stage there was “no confirmed connection” with criminal bikie gangs.