Police investigate circumstances surrounding death of man on M1 near Cudgera Creek

Police are appealing for the public’s assistance in piecing together the final movements of a man who was hit and killed on the state’s Far North Coast.

Shortly after 7am on Monday 10 February 2020, emergency services were called to the northbound lanes of the M1 near Cudgera Creek, after reports a man had been hit by a truck.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District arrived at the scene and located a man deceased.

He has since been identified as 43-year-old Brisbane man, Anthony Stott.

The truck driver, a 36-year-old man, was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for mandatory testing.

Following further inquiries, detectives and officers from the Tweed/Byron Target Action Group attended a home on Kanes Road, Cudgera Creek, and spoke with a 38-year-old woman and 46-year-old man.

The pair were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

They were both charged with take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage. They were refused bail to face Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday (Tuesday 11 February 2020), where they were refused bail again to face the same court on Monday 17 February 2020.

Police will allege the man and woman detained the 43-year-old and tied him to a chair at the property.

Detectives have established Strike Force Cunjurong to investigate the circumstances leading up to the man’s death.

As inquiries continue, detectives are appealing for anyone who may have had recent contact with Anthony to come forward.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander, Acting Superintendent Brendon Cullen said any information is important at this early stage of the investigation.

“Anthony had only just returned to the country from a trip in Peru, landing in Sydney earlier last week, then at Brisbane Domestic Airport on Sunday afternoon.

“We have recovered his vehicle, which was located abandoned near the scene on the M1 about 2am on Monday morning.

“We want to speak with anyone on the NSW Far North Coast or across the border in Queensland who may have had dealings with or had spoken with him since Sunday 9 February. We’re also wanting to speak with anyone who may have seen his vehicle on Sunday afternoon – a silver BMW with NSW registration ANL 72Y.

“Piecing together his movements in the 24-hours prior to his death is crucial and I urge anyone who may have any information to contact Crime Stoppers,” A/Supt Cullen said.

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.

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