It's no croc attack, Syeid Alam was murdered
UPDATE 12.45PM: THE FUNERAL for missing Allenstown man Syeid Alam was held in Rockhampton this morning just hours before his death was confirmed to media as a murder case.
The family are still in shock following the death of Mr Alam whose body was located in an inlet off the Fitzroy River near Macalister St, Park Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Rockhampton CIB Officer in Charge Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon confirmed yesterday that a crocodile attack had been ruled out as the cause of death but that they were treating the incident as a homicide.
"A post-mortem was conducted yesterday and from that investigation we've treated it as suspicious and I can confirm that we are treating this matter as a homicide," Det Snr Sgt Moon said.
"I can further confirm that a crocodile is not involved in this matter. In relation to the deceased we make no comments about the specific details, matters of this type are extremely traumatic both to the family, to the investigators, to the SES workers that assisted and to the members of the community. Those particular aspects of the investigation will be directly referred to the coroner.
"I can't comment on motives at this time, but obviously that forms part of our investigation and something we look into."
The remains of the 33-year-old man were discovered around 9am Saturday on the edge of Splitters Creek, near where it joins the Fitzroy River which backs onto Glenmore Rd. He was reported missing by his family on April 6 after not returning home after a fishing trip the day before.
Mr Alam's vehicle was brought to police attention on April 7.
Det Snr Sgt Moon said police were following a number of leads but were still appealing to members of the public in relation to the investigation.
"We are following up a number of lines of enquiry in relation to the death of Mr Alam and we've interviewed a number of people," Det Snr Sgt Moon said.
"As one can imagine there are language barriers involved and considerations to be made for the family. We do have leads, we do however appeal to members of the community who may have been in or around the Fitzroy River off Glenmore Rd on April 5 between 5pm through to the early hours of the morning of April 16.
"We are also keen to hear from anyone that may have seen Mr Alam's car, a black Toyota Camry Grande 2005 model with NSW registration plates, that was parked on Thompson St, Park Avenue. Anybody who saw the vehicle parked there, particularity on April 5, we are very keen to hear from those people.
"We understand that a number of fisherman and members of the community utilise that area and we're really keen to hear from them, particularly if they saw any activity between those hours. The leads we're currently following are a result of police investigation but we are receiving information from the community which is greatly appreciated."
Police are urging anyone who may have seen Mr Alam or a black Toyota Grande with NSW registration plates CMA 04C around the Glenmore Rd area between Tuesday night, April 5 and Saturday morning, April 16 are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police are also interested in hearing from anyone who has CCTV cameras, including dashcams, along Glenmore Rd, Main St and Lakes Creek Rd on April 5.
BREAKING 11.40AM: DETECTIVE Senior Sergeant Scott Moon, Officer in Charge of the Rockhampton CIB has confirmed, Syeid Alam, whose remains were found in a creek on Saturday morning, was murdered.
"A post mortem examination was conducted in relation to that matter yesterday and we have received results from that," Det Snr Sgnt Moon said.
"From the outset of this investigation we have treated it as suspicious and I can confirm we are treating this matter as a homicide.
"I can further confirm that a crocodile, as it is being touted recently, is not involved in this matter."
The remains of the 33-year-old man were discovered around 9am Saturday in a creek inlet off Macalister St, near where it joins the Fitzroy River.
He was reported missing on April 6 after not returning home after a fishing trip.
Police urging the public to come forward with any information.
Anyone who may have seen Mr Alam or a black Toyota Grande with NSW registration plates CMA 04C around the Glenmore Rd area between Tuesday night, April 5 and Saturday morning, April 16 are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.