Lake Illawarra Local Area Command
Police Announce Murder Investigation In Mt. Murray Car Death
Police today revealed the identity of a man whose charred remains were located in a burning car at Mount Murray, near Robertson, last month.
The body of 35-year-old Matthew Digby was found last Monday (January 25) about 7 am after a train driver reported seeing a car on fire in bushland near railway lines at Mt Murray/Macquarie Pass.
Late last week Homicide Squad officers joined Lake Illawarra LAC detectives in establishing Strike Force Gosling to investigate the suspected murder.
Lake Illawarra LAC Commander Superintendent Michael Willing said detectives were still piecing together Mr. Digby’s last movements.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr. Digby on the weekend before his body was discovered. We also want to hear from anyone who may have seen the car in which he was found and we believe that this was a blue 1990s model Mazda 626. The burnt out car was seized by Police.” Supt. Willing said.
“If anyone was in the vicinity of Mount Murray/Macquarie Pass between late afternoon on Sunday 24 January and 7 am on Monday and saw a blue Mazda or any other suspicious activity, they are asked to contact Police. Information so far has led us to believe that Mr. Digby died in suspicious circumstances.”
He added that information from the public has already led officers to canvass a number of areas in the Wollongong area, including the Botanic Gardens last Friday. The result of that search was the location of Mr. Digby’s car, a green Ford Falcon, found on Murphy’s Rd, Gwynneville.
Supt. Willing said Mr. Digby had in recent months moved from his hometown of Cronulla to Wollongong.
“His parents and brothers are understandably devastated by this horrific incident.” Supt. Willing said.
“We urge anyone with information to get in touch with detectives.”
Anyone with information in relation to the death of Matthew Digby is asked to contact Lake Illawarra detectives on (02) 42952699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Police would not comment if a pattern of burning a victim’s body was emerging following the discovery of partially burnt remains of 25-year-old Ranjodh Singh on Tuesday 29 December 2009 at the side of the Wilga Road at Willbriggie, Griffith.