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.
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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.