Homicide Squad detectives investigating the murder of Tyron Beauchamp, whose body was located in bushland north of Taree last year, have arrested five men today.
A crew from NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), located the remains of a man at 6.10am on Thursday 27 December 2018, on Yarratt Road, Upper Landsdowne, after they had extinguished a small fire in the Yarratt State Forest.
A post mortem examination revealed the man had been seriously assaulted before his body was taken to the forest and set on fire.
The man has been formally identified as 41-year-old, Tyron Beauchamp.
Mr Beauchamp was originally from Queensland and had moved to the Taree area in mid-2018.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Manning-Great Lakes Police District established Strike Force Gretna to investigate Mr Beauchamp’s suspected murder.
Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, assisted by specialist tactical officers, arrested four men – 19, 22, 23 and 24 – at separate homes in Taree about 7am today (Wednesday 8 May 2019), before they were taken to Taree Police Station.
Detectives also arrested a 42-year-old man at Taree Police Station just after 8.30am today.
Investigations under Strike Force Gretna continue.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Gretna detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.