Remains found on Brighton property identified
Human remains found in a disused septic tank on a Brisbane property last month have been identified as belonging to a man who used to live there and went missing 30 years ago.
Police say the last known documentation of Wayne James Youngkin was when he applied for a passport in 1986 while he lived at the Brighton property in north Brisbane.
Supt Mick O'Dowd said human remains located at Brighton have been identified as Wayne Youngkin— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 12, 2016
22/8/1992 police recieved a call at Sandgate Police Station. Police would like the caller to contact them.— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 12, 2016
Cause of death is still to be determined but being treated as a homicide - Supt Mick O'Dowd— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 12, 2016
Investigators hope a mystery male caller who rung Sandgate Police Station in August 1992 may hold the clue to Mr Youngkin's murder.
Mr Youngkin lived at the property with an uncle and his grandmother, both of whom have since passed away.
Detective Inspector Mick O'Dowd said as far as he was aware, the property was never searched when Mr Youngkin was reported missing.
Police have spoken to a number of people who lived in the area at the time, but Det Insp O'Dowd couldn't confirm if police had any suspects.
Police have been in contact with Wayne Youngkin's next of kin - Supt Mick O'Dowd— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 12, 2016
Mr Youngkin was in the process of applying for a passport when he went missing.— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 12, 2016
Mr Youngkin's dental records assisted with the identification.— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 12, 2016
The cause of Mr Youngkin's death is still yet to be determined but, given the way his body was found, is being treated as a murder.
Det Insp O'Dowd said police believed the male caller was still alive and he had provided "quite specific" information regarding what they believed was the cause of death.
Police have appealed for anyone with information about Mr Youngkin to contact them.