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Body found in vehicle linked to wanted man

POLICE today found what they believe is the car of Robert Greig, who is wanted in connection with alleged shootings at Glenfern and New Norfolk last week.

At about 11.45am, police received a report from a member of the public that the vehicle of interest – a blue/grey Holden Colorado – was travelling on the Arthur Hwy at Sorell. “Police acted on the belief that this may have been the vehicle owned by Mr Robert Greig, who is wanted by police in respect of the shootings at Glenfern and New Norfolk two weeks ago,” a spokesperson said.

“Police resources including the Westpac rescue helicopter were deployed to the area to search for the vehicle. Members in the … helicopter saw the vehicle in the Nugent area, and they maintained observation of the vehicle,” the said.

“The vehicle went off-road into bushland in the Nugent-Buckland area, where it was seen to catch fire. Police on the ground attended the scene a short time later, where a single deceased occupant was located inside the vehicle. A formal identification of the deceased person will need to be conducted in the coming days.

“At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious, however police will fully investigate the circumstances. This will include a post mortem and formal identification. Police have notified the family of the incident and will keep them informed of any developments. A report will be prepared for the coroner.”

Earlier today, police appealed for other drivers to come forward. “Investigations indicate that on the night of the shooting, the Colorado was driven in the vicinity of the New Norfolk Bridge, on Montagu St, and CCTV footage indicates at least one other car was in the area. Police believe the driver of the vehicle may have observed the driver of the Colorado driving erratically,” Detective Inspector Troy Morrisby said.

“Police would like to speak to the driver of any vehicle that was on either Glenora Road or Montagu Street between Glenfern and New Norfolk around 11.50pm on Monday 26 September,” Detective Inspector Morrisby said. Information can be provided by calling Tasmania Police on 131 444.

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