Manning-Great Lakes Police District officers are appealing for information from the community after a body was discovered in the Yarratt State Forest, north of Taree early this morning.
The discovery was made after two NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades were called out to a fire in the dense bushland around 4.30am on Thursday, December 27.
As the crews were in the process of putting out the small fire they located what police believe to be “an adult deceased person.”
During a press conference held at Taree Police Station, Manning-Great Lakes Police District crime manager, Detective Chief Inspector Rod Blackman, said investigators were treating the death as suspicious.
The body was found a short distance from Yarratt Road, which ran across the northern section of the State forest.
Police have set up an extensive crime scene in the area, as an investigation is underway.
Insp Blackman said it’s hoped the post mortem examination to confirm identity and cause of death, would be conducted tomorrow, Friday, December 28.
The body was found is a very remote area of bushland.
Officers are asking if anyone saw anything suspicious in the last 12-24 hours in the Yarratt State Forest vicinity to contact police.
If anyone in the community or visiting the area is aware of a someone who is missing under usual circumstances, also contact police.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
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