Police plea for help to catch killer
DETECTIVES from Strike Force Chandler continued their inquiries in Casino yesterday after attending the funeral of murdered grazier Jeffrey David Ryan.
They are still trying to determine whether any of Mr Ryan’s firearms are missing and could not confirm if one of his own guns was used in the shooting.
Police are appealing to anyone who may have knowledge of Mr Ryan’s firearm collection, or any information that may help them with their inquiries, to contact them as soon as possible.
“Detective Goodwin and myself have travelled to Casino today primarily to pay our respects to Mr Ryan and his family and to speak to a number of witnesses who are assisting us with our inquiries,” Detective Sergeant John Sommers said.
“A thorough investigation is being conducted and I hope in the near future we may be able to establish who is responsible for this incident.”
Police are still trying to establish a motive for the slaying and are currently investigating a number of lines of inquiry.
“All avenues will be investigated fully before we can determine the person or persons responsible for the death of Jeff Ryan,” he said.
“An arrest will be made if the person or persons responsible for this are identified.”
Mr Ryan, 48, was found dead at his Duri property near Tamworth on Saturday, October 24, just after midday with a fatal gunshot wound to the back and abdomen.
Strike Force Chandler was set up to investigate the murder and is made up of detectives from the Oxley Local Area Command and detectives from the State Crime Command.
“At this stage, as a result of an examination of the scene, a number of items have been seized by ballistics and by crime scene personnel and are being examined in Lismore,” he said.
“Forensic procedures will continue until the results are forthcoming.
“The family have made a strong appeal to the members of the public that they’d like the answers, so if they do have any information, please come forward.”