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Friday, February 11, 2011

Remains Found In Drum ARE Human - Caboolture

Police investigating the discovery of human remains inside a large metal drum located in a river bed in Caboolture last Saturday have identified the deceased to be a man reported missing last December.

On Saturday, February 5 the drum was located in a river bed in the upper reaches of the Caboolture River, near Old North Road, Rocksberg.

As a result of investigations undertaken by police, the remains have been confirmed as human and have been identified as being those of reported missing person, Norman Desmond Cheney. It is believed Mr Cheney died as a result of severe trauma.

Mr Cheney, aged 41 of Sandgate, was reported missing by his family on December 27, 2010. He was last seen alive on or about Monday, December 20 at his Ninth Avenue, Sandgate residence.

North Brisbane detectives with the assistance of the State Crime Operations Command Homicide Investigation Unit have commenced a major investigation room at the Carseldine police station to investigate the homicide under Operation Juliet Point Blank.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance and would like to hear from anyone who may have information relating to the disappearance or murder of Norman Cheney.
Police would also like to hear from anyone who has information relating to the disposal of the metal drum in the upper reaches of the Caboolture River between December 20 and February 5.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day. Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.