The late Jeffrey Ryan
The late Jeffrey Ryan

Ryan murder task force arrives

DETECTIVES from Strike Force Chandler will arrive in Casino today to continue their investigation into the murder of former Casino resident Jeffrey Ryan near Tamworth more than a week ago.

Mr Ryan, 48, was found dead from a single gunshot wound to his back on October 24 near the house at his Duri property after the alarm was raised by neighbours. Family and friends of the popular grazier are baffled and are struggling to come to terms with the loss.

Detective Sergeant John Sommers yesterday said the investigation was progressing, with several current lines of inquiry and the task force had already received important information from Casino residents.

He hoped more people would come forward.

“Lead investigator Graham Goodwin is looking for anyone who may have any knowledge of the firearms Jeffrey had access to at his Tamworth property,” he said.

Police are hunting for the murder weapon and want to establish what weapons may be missing from the property.

“We’ll be travelling to Casino tomorrow, but people can continue to ring Tamworth police station, which is a 24-hour station, on 02 6768 2999,” he said.

Mr Ryan’s brother-in-law, Peter Edwards, renewed the family’s plea for information.

“Please, if there is anyone out there with even the smallest piece of information can they please contact the police,” he said.

“It could be just what they need to piece this together.

“We need closure. Words cannot express how we feel, even having all the love and support of family.

“It is a beautiful, strong family and although this is devastating for us, we will stick together and we will get through this.”

Mr Ryan’s funeral will be held at midday tomorrow at the Casino Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Canterbury and Hickey streets, Casino.

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