Police search Leyburn property in Sam Price-Purcell probe
HOMICIDE detectives will search a Leyburn property as part of investigations into the suspected murder of Brisbane man Sam Robert Price-Purcell.
Information from the public, after an appeal by Mr Price-Purcell's mother last month, has led police to the property, south of Toowoomba.
Mr Price-Purcell - described previously by police as a mid-level drug dealer - was last seen getting into a bright yellow 2010 Holden Commodore SS sedan in the Mitchelton area of Brisbane on February 16, 2015.
Police believe that car, or a white Subaru WRX, carried the young man to the Toowoomba area.
It is unclear where Sam was killed, but homicide detectives have not ruled out the chance he was dumped somewhere in Darling Downs.
State Crime Command Homicide Group Acting Detective Superintendent Damien Hansen, with Mr Price-Purcell's mother, last month appealed for the public to come forward with information about the then-25-year-old's disappearance.
"There is a strong connection to Toowoomba and the regional areas around Toowoomba where the vehicles were seen," Detective Inspector Hansen said at the time.
"We have identified strong persons of interest and we are also aware of a number of persons who have assisted (the killers) after the fact.
"Some of these people are no longer mixing in those circles and have moved on with their lives, started families."
Investigators, along with scientific officers from Brisbane, Toowoomba police and SES volunteers, will today search a Leyburn property.
"The search is for evidence regarding the murder of Sam Robert Price-Purcell," Acting Detective Inspector Chris Knight of the Homicide Group said.
"We would like to take the opportunity to thank those persons who have already come forward with information and would certainly encourage anyone else with information to come forward.
"Specifically, we would like to appeal to anyone who may have been associated with the murder to come forward."