Police search at Leyburn concludes

Sam Price-Purcell. (QPS image).

By Jeremy Sollars

Police have today completed a search of a rural property at Leyburn, north-west of Warwick, as part of their investigation into the murder of Brisbane man Sam Price-Purcell in 2015.
A Queensland Police media statement released this morning, Friday 9 March, said the search began on Tuesday of this week and involved police officers from the QPS Dive Squad, the Dog Squad – human remains detection dogs – Forensic Services and detectives from Ferny Grove, the Homicide Investigation Unit, Toowoomba CIB and Darling Downs.
“The search has resulted in the recovery of items that will now be the subject of further investigation,” the statement said.
“The investigation into the murder of Sam Price-Purcell is ongoing and investigators continue to appeal for anyone with information to contact police.”
Bones found on the property are not human, police confirmed earlier in the week.
During the search police uncovered weapons, ammunition and drug-related items.
Sam Price-Purcell, 25, was last seen alive in February 2015 at Mitchelton, north of Brisbane.
Police believe he was driven to the Toowoomba region, where he was murdered.
A motive for the suspected killing has not been disclosed, but investigators have confirmed Mr Price-Purcell had links to drug crime.
Police at Leyburn this week said the owners of the property being searched were not suspects, but people with a close connection to them were.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 24 hours a day.

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