Border Ranges body may have drug link

POLICE have not ruled out the possibility that the body of a man found near Kyogle is one of two missing men linked to a $3 million Condong drug raid.

Police found the body in the Border Ranges National Park, near the NSW and Queensland border, about 2pm last Friday and then issued a call for public help to identify him.

It is understood investigations are under way as to whether the body is that of Barry Grant, 52, or Jethro Matheson, 30, who have been missing since last month.

Police said the men were connected to a Condong property where, on January 16, officers from the Tweed/Byron command uncovered 1549 cannabis plants in an elaborate hydroponic set-up with an estimated street value of $3 million.

They also found $65,000 worth of cannabis leaf.

It is not known what connection the men have to each other, or to the Eviron Road property, as police have been unable to provide any further details.

The men, Grant, from Murwillumbah, and Matheson, from Brisbane, have not been seen or heard from since before the January 16 raid.

Friends and family members of the pair have told police it is unusual for them not to make contact.

Meanwhile, a crime scene was established following the discovery of the body in the Border Ranges National Park, with officers from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad assisting Tweed Heads police.

Police would not say how long the body had been there, or who made the grisly discovery.

While police would not provide any further details on either investigation yesterday, Inspector Jim Kain would not rule out the possibility the two were connected.

“That would just be speculation at this stage, because no identification has been found (with the body),” Insp Kain said.

“We can’t say any more at this stage.”

Insp Kain could not say whether police believed Grant or Matheson had met with foul play, but he said detectives were following a specific line of inquiry into the case.

A NSW Police spokeswoman could not confirm any link between Matheson and Grant and the unidentified body yesterday because, she said, it might hamper police investigations.

However, she said police were likely to release further details on the discovery of the body and its identity today.

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