New information has police hunting for a dark-coloured sedan that picked up a man along Morshead Drive, shortly before his body was found on Pialligo Avenue, near Queanbeyan, earlier this year.
Jyle Molloy, 28, was found on an unlit stretch of road between the Canberra Airport and Oaks Estate with “injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle” at about 11:05 pm on 27 February 2022.
He was wearing black jeans, a black ‘Gee-d up’ t-shirt, Nike shoes and was carrying a Gucci-brand bumbag, but he lacked any forms of identification.
Police have confirmed Mr Molloy attended the Red Hot Summer Festival in Commonwealth Park with friends before walking alone towards Canberra Olympic Pool up to Constitution Avenue in Russell.
His last-known sighting was around 10:45 pm in Russell. Investigators confirmed he would have had to have travelled by vehicle from Russell to Pialligo in the time before his death.
In April this year, police released CCTV footage and images in the hope of identifying two motorists who were placed at Pialligo Avenue late on the Sunday night, one in a white 4WD station wagon and the other in a silver sedan.
ACT Policing’s Acting Sergeant for the Major Collision Investigation Team, William Stevenson, says new information in the form of dash-cam footage shows Mr Molloy getting into the back of a black or dark-coloured sedan along Morshead Drive, near Duntroon, a matter of minutes before his body was found.
“We’ve found what we believe is Jyle getting into the back seat of that car, behind the driver,” Mr Stevenson said.
“They would definitely be the last people to have seen Jyle alive.”
Police confirm Mr Molloy exited the car near where his body was found.
“We don’t know what happened inside the car and we don’t know why Jyle got out of the car, but we’re hoping that’s what the persons inside that vehicle will be able to tell us about,” Mr Stevenson said.
“Someone could have seen something or heard something. Someone could still know something about the collision and for a variety of reasons they have not come forward. Today, we are asking you to do so.”
A statement from the Molloy family described Jyle as a “loved member of our family” whose “absence is felt every day”.
“Our family and loved ones have grieved the loss of Jyle for eight months with no answers as to how or why this heinous crime happened,” the statement reads.
“Our heartache and forever pain for Jyle is indescribably hard. The trauma has taken an impact on our family both emotionally and mentally. We live each day wondering if it’s going to be the day our family gets the closure we need and the answers we so badly long for.”
The family has started a ‘Justice for Jyle’ page and clothing store on Facebook to help find the answers.
“We know that people out there know something but may think their involvement could be misunderstood. We hope that they could try and put themselves in our shoes, ‘what if this happened to someone you loved, wouldn’t you want answers?'”
Police are asking anyone in the community with information, including those who knew visitors from elsewhere who attended the Red Hot Summer Festival, to come forward.
You can make a report by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website, quoting reference number 7045713.