Oxley Local Area Command
Tamworth Police have renewed their appeal to the public as they investigate the death of a man on a property at Duri at the weekend.
The body of 48-year-old Jeffrey Ryan was discovered on his property on Gowrie Road shortly after midday on Saturday 24 October. He had suffered a gunshot injury and died at the scene.
On the day, Police established a crime scene and forensic officers conducted an examination of the property.
Oxley Local Area Command’s Detective Sergeant John Sommers said Mr. Ryan’s death is being treated as a homicide.
“Strike Force Chandler has been established to investigate the death of Mr. Ryan, and comprises detectives from Oxley LAC assisted by detectives from State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.” Det. Sgt. Sommers said.
Mr. Ryan’s mother, Marie, and wife, Helen, have joined local detectives in calling on the community to provide information.
“We are devastated by Jeffrey’s death and find it hard to understand why anyone could have done this to my son,” Mrs. Marie Ryan said.
“I appeal to anyone who was in the area and may have seen someone on the road or in a vehicle, or may have heard something to call Police.
“Any little piece of information could be the crucial piece to complete the puzzle.” Mrs. Ryan said.
Mrs. Helen Ryan also appealed for assistance.
“Our family has been rocked by Jeffrey’s death; my daughter has lost her father.” Mrs. Helen Ryan said.
Det. Sgt. Sommers said Police are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who was in the vicinity between the evening of Friday 23 October and midday Saturday 24 October.
“We are also interested in anyone who may have heard anything in relation to this incident.”
“Mr. Ryan was seen by his wife at the property during the early evening on Friday and we are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen any activity in the Gowrie Road area between Friday night and midday Saturday to call Police immediately.” Det. Sgt. Sommers said.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Tamworth detectives on 6768 2999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.