Body found at Nullarbor as Afghan man’s disappearance declared suspicious
A body has been found near the border of South Australia and Western Australia soon after a man’s disappearance was declared suspicious.
The body was found at Nullarbor this afternoon — about 180 kilometres east of the border — but police are not yet saying if it is the same man who went missing in bizarre circumstances this morning.
A farmer picked up a man from the Eyre Highway at Nundroo — another 140 kilometres east — at about 10:30am after his Holden four-wheel drive ran out of fuel.
The farmer took the man to the Aboriginal community of Yalata, and police then returned with the man to his vehicle, which has the registration 1MW8SG.
Police then noticed blood on the vehicle and cordoned it off, treating it as a crime scene.
They believe a second man was travelling in the car and is now missing.
Ceduna police are co-ordinating what officers have called a “large-scale investigation”, with help from the Major Crime Investigation Branch, a police dog team, forensic investigators and a search coordinator from Adelaide.
Major Crime officer in charge Detective Superintendent Des Bray said police were keen to hear from anyone who saw two Afghan men in the vehicle between Port Augusta, where it was last seen at 5:46pm last night, and the Nullarbor Roadhouse.
He appealed for anyone who was travelling in the area, or has dashcam footage showing the vehicle, to come forward.