Horror in the bush: police probe grisly Pheasants Nest find

Police at the property where remains were initially discovered. Pictures: SYLVIA LIBER, SAHLAN HAYES Forensic results will determine if remains found in three locations in the Southern Highlands, including underneath the Pheasants Nest Bridge, were from one body.
Nanjing Night Net

Police last night were waiting for forensic examiners to tell them whether human remains found at three locations in the Southern Highlands over the last three days were from the same body.One theory is that after the person had been murdered, the body was dismembered and some of the remains dumped off the south-eastern end of the Pheasants Nest Bridge on the Hume Hwy, before the killer then turned off the highway and discarded the remainder in bushland. LATEST NEWS: Man charged with murder The remains might well have stayed undiscovered except that a pet dog brought a body part – thought to be a leg – to its owner’s home on Sunday.The owner, who has asked not to be identified but runs a company from his property on Pheasants Nest Rd, between Picton and Bargo, was astonished by what the dog had dragged in and immediately called police, who started a search.The search resumed on Monday, with assistance from SES volunteers, the Police Rescue Squad and Dog Squad, and more remains, including human tissue, were found in bushland nearby. Further searches were organised from a command post set up at the property.At 11.35am yesterday, more human remains were found in bushland below the Pheasants Nest Bridge, a few kilometres from where the first remains were found. They had apparently been dumped from the top of the bridge and were about 30m below the roadway.The bridge is an ominous structure, associated in the past with violent death. In 1990 two boys got access to the understructure of the bridge and fell to their deaths down a 40m pylon. In 2001 a man being chased in his car by police stopped at the bridge and hurled himself 80m to his death.Police closed one lane of the Hume Hwy while an intensive search was conducted of the area beneath the bridge.Camden local area commander Superintendent Ian Foscholo said it was too early yesterday to say whether the remains – if they were just of one person – were male or female or what age the person was. He could say that they appeared to be a few days old.He said the owner of the property had been very helpful. There was no suggestion that he was involved in the death and had asked that the privacy of himself and his family be respected.Missing persons was one line of inquiry being pursued yesterday. “This is a rural area,” he said.”If anyone has seen any unusual movements or anything out of the ordinary they should contact Bowral Police or ring Crimestoppers.”

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