'Private' Man Found Dumped In Bushland Assaulted, Set Alight
Detectives believe a man whose body was found dumped in bushland last week had been seriously assaulted before he was set on fire.
Firefighters from the NSW RFS discovered the man’s remains in a "discreet" clearing of the Yarratt State Forest on the Mid-North Coast after being called to a small fire on December 27.
Police on Friday formally identified him as 41-year-old Tyron Beauchamp, a “fairly private” man from Queensland who moved to Taree mid last year.
“He seemed to keep to himself and had not made many close relationships since moving to the area,” Detective Chief Inspector Rod Blackman said.
Detectives investigating Beauchamp’s suspected murder are now appealing for information from the public, particularly leading up to Christmas Day.
“We have spoken to a small number of people who knew him, but we are still trying to piece together his exact movements over the last two weeks,” Det Blackman said.
“We are particularly interested in anyone who may have seen or spoken with Mr Beauchamp after that time, and we’d been keen for them to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Police suspect Beauchamp was assaulted at another location before he was taken to the Yarratt State Forest by a person/s with "local knowledge".
“Mr Beauchamp’s body was located in a small clearing of bushland about 6.5 kilometres west of Upper Lansdowne Road, which is accessed through a small pathway off Yarratt Road,” Det Ch Insp Blackman said.
“Even though Yarratt Road is the main road connecting Wingham, Upper Lansdowne and Taree, the location is a discreet parcel of land, so it’s likely those who disposed of Mr Beauchamp’s body would have local knowledge.
Anyone with dashcam footage from between Christmas Day and the early hours of December 27 is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
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