Ginger drum linked to murder

Police have identified human remains found inside a large metal drum as those of Norman Desmond Cheney, 41.
Police have identified human remains found inside a large metal drum as those of Norman Desmond Cheney, 41.

AN old Buderim Ginger Factory export container has been linked to a murder investigation involving a man found dumped in the Caboolture River last week.

Police conducting a homicide investigation in North Brisbane are appealing for public assistance in relation to information about a large metal drum located in the Caboolture River last Saturday.

The drum contained the deceased man, Norman Desmond Cheney who had been reported missing by his family.

Bushwalkers discovered the drum on the bank of the upper reaches of the river, near Old North Road, Rocksberg on Saturday February 5.

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

Detectives from the North Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch and the State Crime Operations Command Homicide Investigation Unit have identified the drum which contained the remains of Mr Cheney as an old Buderim Ginger Factory export container.  

This type of drum was apparently used to export ginger products worldwide.

Stencils on the drum include the words ‘Australian Ginger’ in English and in five other languages.

Drums bearing those particular stencils have not been in use for approximately 10 to 12 years, so this drum was not in commercial use at the time of the homicide.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen a similar ‘Australian Ginger’ drum in the past few months, especially if the drum is no longer where they last saw it.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.


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