Innocent bystander may have helped killers escape
A passer-by who helped free a bogged Daewoo did not realise there was the body of a murdered man in the boot.
Police are appealing to a well-meaning bystander in South Australia who may have inadvertently helped two murderers whose car was bogged with a body in the boot.
Michael Jeffrey Purse, 32, was reported missing on April 24, 2019, but major crime investigators believe he was likely killed months earlier around February 7, 2019.
Mr Purse was known to detectives as being complicit in the illegal drug trade and several fraud offences.
Detectives have now established a timeline as to Mr Purse's potential whereabouts, appealing to the public for an innocent bystander to come forward who may have inadvertently helped Mr Purse's killers.
Police suggest that Mr Purse was likely killed in the suburb of Kilburn in the early hours of February 7, before his killers loaded his body into the boot of a green 2000 Daewoo Lanos Hatch.
That Daewoo was caught on traffic cameras driving north of the city towards Globe Derby Park.
It's there that the killers found themselves in trouble, believes Superintendent Des Bray, Officer in charge of Major Crime Investigations at South Australia Police.
"Sometime between 5am and 8.30am, that vehicle has become bogged in the Adelaide Plains region," Supt. Bray said.
"Finding themselves in broad daylight, the parties involved have aborted their attempt to dispose of Mr Purse's body, and returned to the Kilburn unit."
Incredibly, detectives believe an unsuspecting passer-by helped free the car which most likely had a body in the boot.
"It's our belief that an unknowing member of the public assisted in freeing the bogged Daewoo, but we are yet to identify that person," Supt. Bray said.
"We're imploring that witness who helped to free them from the bog to please phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 between 5pm and 9pm this evening, and ask to speak with Major Crime."
Detectives believe the next day, on February 8, the offenders returned to the Adelaide Plains and disposed of Mr Purse's body.
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