This is really a truly sickening story and one that causes more questions. Was this man murdered and why didn’t his partner report him missing? Read on for the disturbing details…
A man was not reported missing in the six months before his badly decomposing, camphor-covered body was found in Adelaide, police say.
The body of 49-year-old Christie Downs truck driver Gregory Ellbourn was found at Sellicks Hill, south of Adelaide, in November last year.
Superintendent Grant Moyle says Mr Ellbourn was last seen on May 6, 2011 when he dropped his truck at a depot in Regency Park after a Melbourne to Adelaide trip.
Police believe he was murdered that weekend.
But no one, including his de facto partner, ever reported him missing.
His disappearance only came to light when his body was found.
“His body was stored at a place, or different places, between then and when it was discovered at Sellicks Hill,” Supt Moyle told journalists on
“There were camphor flakes with the body when it was discovered at Sellicks Hill, indicating that someone has used them to try to mask the odour of the decomposing body.”
Supt Moyle urged anyone with any information about Mr Ellbourn’s disappearance to come forward.
He declined to speculate on the motive, or why Mr Ellbourn’s family, including his two sons, failed to report him missing.
Police had taken statements from over sixty people and were not ruling anyone out, he said.
“People have provided us with varying versions of events,” Supt Moyle said.
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