EVIDENCE: Detectives seized a yellow 2010 Holden Commodore SS sedan in relation to the disappearance of Sam Price-Purcell last month. Inset: Sam Price-Purcell.
EVIDENCE: Detectives seized a yellow 2010 Holden Commodore SS sedan in relation to the disappearance of Sam Price-Purcell last month. Inset: Sam Price-Purcell. Contributed

Roma man charged with murder

DETECTIVES have charged a second man over the alleged murder of Sam Price-Purcell.

Owen James Harris, 29, of Roma, was charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse by detectives investigating the 2015 disappearance of Sam Price-Purcell.

Detectives from the Homicide Investigation Unit and Ferny Grove Criminal Investigation Branch charged the Roma man on Saturday morning.

Mr Price-Purcell, 25, was last seen in the Mitchelton area in Brisbane's north on February 16, 2015.

Through investigation, police believe Mr Price-Purcell left the suburb in a yellow Holden Commodore, travelling to Toowoomba, where he has not been seen since.

Police believe the young man was the victim of foul play, however his remains have not been recovered.

The breakthrough arrest follows the charging on Monday of 36-year-old Michael Jay Evans, from Leyburn, with Price-Purcell's murder.

Evans appeared before the Toowoomba Magistrates Court, and will reappear on September 10.

Acting Detective Inspector David Nicoll of the Homicide Group said while the arrests are a significant milestone in the investigation, it remains ongoing.

"The investigation will continue until all those involved in the Sam's murder and disposal of his remains are put before the courts,” Acting Detective Inspector Nicoll said.

"Police would like to thank members of the public who have assisted in this investigation. It would not have been solved without them coming forward and speaking with police.

"We again appeal for anyone with information relating to Sam's murder or the location of his remains to contact Crime Stoppers. It is never too late to come forward and no piece of information is too small.”

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.


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