Police have revealed the identity of a Sunshine Coast man whose charred torso was found on a Queensland roadside last year.
Detectives have formally identified a human torso almost a year after the burnt remains were found on a Queensland roadside.
The deceased man is 66-year-old George Gerbic from Tanawha on the Sunshine Coast, police said in a statement on Friday.
Police discovered the headless remains, with arms severed at the elbows and nothing left below the rib cage, at Cedar Point, near Gympie, last September.
A 56-year-old woman was due to face Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday charged with Mr Gerbic’s murder.
She is also charged with interfering with a corpse.
Police won’t confirm reports the woman is his de-facto partner, although it has been revealed the pair lived together at Tanawha.
Their home was turned into a crime scene on Thursday – the same day police said they had identified the man and were questioning a woman.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Detective Inspector Bruce McNab revealed a small trace of blood pressure medication in the remains had led to the identification of Mr Gerbic.
In April police revealed they had detected traces of a drug called Irbesartan in the remains.
Doorknocking of prescription users in the area – following an exhaustive search of pharmacy records – had led police to the man’s property.
“There’s been a lot of technology used but also a lot of good old-fashioned detective work, wearing out your shoe leather,” Det Insp McNab said.