DIGGING FOR REMAINS: The search to uncover the body of missing man Sam Price-Purcell will begin on a Leyburn property today.
DIGGING FOR REMAINS: The search to uncover the body of missing man Sam Price-Purcell will begin on a Leyburn property today. Marian Faa

BREAKING: Digging for body of missing man begins in Leyburn

DIGGING to uncover the body of Sam Robert Price-Purcell on will begin on a Leyburn property today, where a three-year police investigation has reached its apex.

Firearms and a "buried drug lab" have already been located on the 70-hectare property, about five minutes South of Leyburn.

A large team of police detectives, forensic officers and 25 Southern Downs SES volunteers arrived at the property located on the Toowoomba-Karara road yesterday and the search will begin later today.

Detective Senior Sergeant Christopher Knight said he was confident the search would uncover results.

"The homicide aspect of the investigation has been ongoing for just under 12 months and I am confident in saying that we are aiming towards an outcome."

Sam Price-Purcell went missing from a Mitchelton address in February 2015 and allegedly travelled towards Toowoomba.

HOPEFUL START: Diggers, water trucks and other infrastructure are at the Leyburn property where police will start the search to uncover evidence linked to missing man Sam Price-Purcell.
HOPEFUL START: Diggers, water trucks and other infrastructure are at the Leyburn property where police will start the search to uncover evidence linked to missing man Sam Price-Purcell. Marian Faa

"He has never been seen again since," Sen Serg Knight said.

Investigations have linked multiple suspects to the Leyburn property, but Sen Serg Knight said the owners of the property were not suspects.

"We have digging equipment, we have police and SES volunteers working on sieves so we can go through meticulously the ground that we churn."

"As you can see there are a lot of resources here and these decisions are not made lightly."

Sen Serg Knight said he was grateful for the support and infrastructure provided by the Southern Downs regional council.

Bulldozers, digging equipment and a large water truck for sieving dirt have been sent to the crime scene.

About 25 Southern Downs SES volunteers will also assist with the search.

"Without their help we would not be able to do this sort of work," Sen Serg Knight said.

Investigations are expected to take most of the week.



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