The late Jeffrey Ryan.
The late Jeffrey Ryan.

Police still pursue Ryan killer

POLICE investigating the murder of former Casino grazier Jeffrey Ryan have yet to formerly identify a suspect, but are rigorously pursuing several lines of inquiry.

After a month of investigations conducting forensic examinations and doorknocking properties surrounding the crime scene at Mr Ryan’s Tamworth property, police have sent a comprehensive questionnaire to 750 nearby properties to ensure no vital information has been missed.

Strike Force Chandler lead investigator Detective Sergeant Graham Goodwin said investigators had received a good response so far, but were still hoping for more replies.

“We want to ensure that all avenues of inquiry are covered and we haven’t missed anyone who may have heard or seen something important to our investigation,” he said.

Mr Ryan, 48, was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the back at his Duri property near Tamworth around midday on October 24 after neighbours raised the alarm. Autopsy results showed the bullet had perforated Mr Ryan’s liver and lodged in his chest cavity, causing his death.

Police and baffled family members have pleaded with the public for information.

Strike Force Chandler detectives travelled to Casino last month to attend Mr Ryan’s funeral and conduct interviews.

“We received a number of handy statements from Casino residents,” Det Sgt Goodwin said.

Police divers and forensics officers, including specialist ballistics sniffer dogs and firearm experts, have combed Mr Ryan’s Tamworth property and neighbouring properties collecting evidence.

Det Sgt Goodwin reiterated the call for anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it seemed, to contact Tamworth detectives on 6768 2857 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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