Gruesome Find: Woman's Body Found In Barrel Sparks Manhunt
Police have warned the public not to approach a 34-year-old man they want to question over the death.
Police have confirmed the man they wish to speak to over the discovery of a body found on the back of a ute south of Brisbane is known to a missing teenager.
Zlatko Sikorsky, 34, is wanted for questioning following the discovery at a caravan park in Stapylton late on Wednesday afternoon.
He is believed to be travelling in a silver 2014 Holden Commodore with a sunroof and Queensland registration 966 WKB in the Logan and Gold Coast areas and police said he may be armed.
"We have information he has access to firearms so what we want to do is to reiterate to the public that if they are to see him, contact police immediately and advise police of his whereabouts," Detective Acting Inspector Scott Furlong said on Thursday.
Investigations into missing teenage girl Larissa Beily, 16, led police to an address in Buccan, Logan, on Wednesday afternoon.
She was reported missing from Sandgate on June 15 and has not made contact with her family since June 18.
While Det. Insp. Furlong said he did not wish to “speculate” on details regarding the matter and the victim's identity, he confirmed Sikorsky and the missing teenager knew each other.
“We know that they’re associated, however we don’t know the exact relationship with Larissa Beilby (and Sikorsky)," he said.
When officers arrived at the address in Buccan, a man fled in a black ute, which officers later tracked down to the caravan park in nearby Stapylton.
When the ute was searched, the body was discovered inside a barrel on the back tray. It is understood to be heavily decomposed, making formal identification of the victim difficult.
Police said the man fled in a silver Commodore -- the same car Sikorsky is believed to be travelling in.
"As you can appreciate, there's a fairly intensive forensic examination that is occurring as we speak and will continue to occur possibly for the next 24 to 48 hours," Detective Acting Superintendent Mark White said on Wednesday night.
Police have doorknocked people at the mobile home park in Silky Oak Crescent, Stapylton, where the ute and the victim's body were abandoned.
Resident Damien Smith told the Gold Coast Bulletin the ute had "like a burnt bonnet on it or something wrong with the front end."
"It was strange. Then all the police turn up and we're thinking, 'what's going on here?' There's only three or four houses here on the street."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.