Police are looking for the body of missing Gold Coast pool builder Greg Dufty, by conducting a thorough search inside a rural property in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. The search is taking place at a rural property at 162ha Rappville.
About 30 kilometres south of Casino, the property search is being conducted by detectives investigating the disappearance of the 37-year-old man. NSW Police and Queensland Police helicopters are assisting them.
“As a consequence of ongoing investigations, we have reason to believe that the remains of Greg Dufty maybe on this property and are undertaking a search,” regional crime co-ordinator Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said.
Dufty, a father of one, was reported missing by his former partner. He was last seen at his former partner’s residence at Ashmore on July 6, 2015. He spent the whole day there, and then left the house in a rented car, which was later recovered in the car park of an Ashmore seafood restaurant, according to Brisbane Times. But, Dufty’s body was not found.
Lionel Patea, Liam Bliss and Aaron Crawford – have all been charged with Dufty’s murder. Another man, Clinton Stockman, was charged with accessory to murder as well. He faced Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police alleged that Dufty’s murder was drug related as they believe that Dufty was working as a drug runner for Crawford, who is an alleged cannabis trafficker.
Dufty stole a large number of plants from him to pay a debt and Crawford retaliated by launching a brutal attack on Dufty.
In December, Queensland Police and SES volunteers combed areas in Oxenford on Gold Coast, while looking for weapons that might have been used in the murder.
Stockman was utilised as an eyewitness during the bail application, while the court heard that Crawford had allegedly intimidated his partner and children with harm if he revealed anything, says Sky News.
According to police, it was Stockman, who dumped Dufty’s body. The search follows the arrest of Stockman.