May 11th, 2009 at 06:04am
When I read this press release, my mind started whirring away with questions:
Police in the State’s far north are conducting inquiries after the body of a cyclist was discovered next to the busy Pacific Highway, near Byron Bay, this morning.
About 7am, a member of the public attended Byron Bay Police Station and handed in part of a pushbike found badly damaged beside the highway’s southbound lanes at Tyagarah, about 5km north of the Byron Bay interchange.
As a result, police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command attended the location and found the body of a female cyclist in heavy scrub next to a bridge.
A crime scene was secured by local police and specialist officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit called in to carry out inquiries into the woman’s death.
They’re examining possible links between the woman’s death and a pantech truck – found a short distance away in Woodford Lane, Ewingsdale – which had sustained significant front end damage.
The driver of the truck is assisting police with their investigation at Byron Bay Police Station.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Byron Bay Police Station or Ballina Crash Investigation Unit via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
I’ve called the police to a number of apparent crime scenes or other situations which required their attention, but I have never sought to deliver a crime scene to them…and there’s a good reason for this. The police have these wonderful people called “crime scene examiners” who analyse a crime scene as it is, where it is, with as little third-party manipulation as possible. Picking up a piece of evidence and carrying it to a police station removes and/or pollutes potentially vital evidence…the basic rule is that you do not alter a crime scene.
I don’t know if the person who carried the damaged half of a bike to the police station had good intentions or not, but seriously, just call the police or visit the police station…don’t pick up half the crime scene. Sometimes I think this planet would be better off without the mass public…or that I need to move to a different, saner planet…but where would the fun be in that?