Griffith Local Area Command
State Crime Command Homicide Squad
Forensic Officers Examine House Following Ongoing Investigation Into Man’s Death – Griffith
Police investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found partially burnt on the side of the road near Griffith last week have now been able to positively identify him.
About 9 am, Tuesday 29 December, a member of the public found the man’s body on the side of Wilga Road at Willbriggie.
Strike Force Bramwell was established by Police from Griffith Local Area Command with the assistance of officers from the State Crime Command Homicide Squad to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.
Yesterday Police conducted a search of the area around Wilga Road for further evidence that could assist with the investigation
The man has today been positively identified as 25-year-old, Ranjodh Singh, an Indian national who had been living in Wagga Wagga and visiting the Griffith area at the time.
Strike Force Bramwell officers have conducted a number of inquiries into Mr Singh’s death with investigations leading Police to a home at Kookora Street, Griffith last night.
Police conducted a search of the premises with specialist forensic officers from Riverina and Sydney examining the scene. Investigations at the home continue today.
Griffith Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Paul Smith said they were now seeking further assistance from members of the local community who might hold vital information to solve this horrific crime.
“We are reaching out to all members of the Griffith community to come forward including members of the local Indian community who might hold crucial information that could be the key to solving Mr. Singh’s death.”
“To assist with the investigation we have appointed an Indian speaking detective as a liaison officer, who speaks Punjab and Hindi, and I would urge anyone with any information no matter how small, to contact us.” Detective Inspector Paul Smith said.
“I am also appealing for anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Kookora Street and Griffin Lane between midnight Monday 28 December and Tuesday 29 December 2009 to come forward.”
“We are hoping that someone may have been walking or driving along these streets at the time and may have seen something. No matter whether you believe you have any information to give, we would love to hear from you.” Detective Inspector Paul Smith said.
Anyone who was in the area of Kookora Street or Griffin Lane or who has information which could assist Police is urged to contact Griffith Police on (02) 6969 4211 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.