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Police Wrap – 3 August 2010

By johnboy - 3 August 2010 27

1. The mystery box of Yarralumla:

ACT Policing is appealing to members of the community to help solve a long-running mystery surrounding the location of a large wooden box found partially buried in bushland in Yarralumla.

Police were called to the secluded location on February 25, after a Royal Canberra Golf Course greens keeper initially alerted the suspicious find to an AFP Protective Services member on duty at Government House.

Measuring 2.1m long by 90cm wide and 50cm deep, the empty wooden box had been carefully constructed with a fixed panel and a moveable panel, set into a hole into the ground, and covered with a thin layer of pine needles.

A crime scene was established at the location and AFP Forensic Services were called to take samples and examine the immediate area around the item. Several stains were found on the box and several miscellaneous items of clothing were found in the area.

A series of forensic tests were found to be inconclusive, as were fingerprint and chemical samples. Further enquiries by police have been unable to determine what the box had contained, or why it had been buried and concealed at that location.

Acting Sergeant Justin O’Hehir, the case officer for the investigation, said that all avenues of enquiry had been exhausted and appealed to any members of the community who may have any more information about the item to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

“Given the suspicious nature of the item and its location, police took all precautions to protect the scene and investigate. Those investigations have proved inconclusive so we are hoping that someone out in the community may be able to assist by calling Crime Stoppers and providing information which could resolve this case,” A/Sgt O’Hehir said.

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Moose 9:30 am 05 Aug 10

Perhaps it’s for hiding golf clubs? Heading over the Royal Canberra Golf Course fence and having a few hits on the green.

cleo 1:26 am 05 Aug 10

Well someone was put there, now where is the body? Probably eaten by animals!

buzz819 10:02 am 04 Aug 10

bd84 said :

I was just trying to remember where I left my coffin..

What is more mysterious is why the police are so interested in finding out what the box is. From the story it looks like they have tested the box and have been unable to determine that it has been used for any sort of criminal activity so now they are looking for the public’s help to see if it might have been. If the examining the box has so far lead to no indication of criminal activity, why ask for public help? Are the police that bored that they need to go creating crimes from boxes?

Maybe there is more to the story than they are telling you? Everybody else know’s why the Police want to know, they just don’t want to share it with someone like you bd84.

ConanOfCooma 8:14 am 04 Aug 10

You saw the bodies?

bd84 10:13 pm 03 Aug 10

I was just trying to remember where I left my coffin..

What is more mysterious is why the police are so interested in finding out what the box is. From the story it looks like they have tested the box and have been unable to determine that it has been used for any sort of criminal activity so now they are looking for the public’s help to see if it might have been. If the examining the box has so far lead to no indication of criminal activity, why ask for public help? Are the police that bored that they need to go creating crimes from boxes?

mr reason 8:38 pm 03 Aug 10

“Local teenagers pr0n stash from pre internet days?”

That would explain the stains.

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