South Australian Police find ‘item of interest’ on Eyre Highway

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An extensive search along a remote stretch of the Eyre Highway in South Australia has led to the discovery of an ‘item of interest’ that could help police understand the death of a 67-year-old man earlier in the year.

Police officers fanned out along 22km of roadside scrub across Tuesday and Wednesday and announced on Thursday they had recovered the item.

“The item has been seized and will be sent to Forensic Science SA for analysis,” the police said.

The search operation is part of an investigation into the robbery of the elderly man near Scotdesco in the state’s far west on January 20.

About 10am that day, the man was found unresponsive with a serious head injury.

“Investigations revealed the victim had been assaulted and robbed before his white 1992 Mitsubishi Pajero with trailer was stolen,” the police said.

“Later that day, a 39-year-old man from Yalata and a 28-year-old woman from Yalata were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.

“Both remain in custody and will appear before the Port Augusta Magistrates Court on May 1.”

The Pajero was later found abandoned on Fowlers Bay Road at the junction of the Eyre Highway.

The 67-year-old died in hospital on March 20 and his death has been declared a major crime.

The police believe the two people under arrest had hitchhiked along the 22km section of road following the incident, from the junction of Fowlers Bay Road to Nundroo.

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