Update tonight-Alleged killer is a relative of Ivan Milat, the backpacker serial killer…This is astonishing news
A TEEN found dead in a shallow grave in the killing fields of notorious serial killer Ivan Milat was allegedly slain by three mates, police allege.
Police discovered the body, in a shallow grave and covered with debris, in the killing fields of the the notorious serial killer Ivan Milat following a tip-off from a member of the public.
Acting police commander Pamela Young, from the homicide squad, confirmed today that all four teenagers knew each other and were believed to have gone to the forest together.
“It would appear that they, certainly, are friends,” the chief inspector said.
Police made the arrests after the body was found in the forest about 8.30pm last night.
Police would not say if the arrest was connected to the discovery of a young woman’s body in the forest two months ago.
Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Goulburn Local Area Command arrested three teenagers last night and this morning.
At 11pm last night police arrested an 18-year-old man in Bowral and another two teenagers were arrested this morning.
About 7.30am this morning a 17-year-old boy was arrested at Bargo, while another 18-year-old man was arrested at Bargo a few hours later.
All three are expected to be charged and appear in court later today.
Forensic police and detectives spent the night going through the crime scene and still have a section of the forest cordoned off.
In a police conference held today, Ms Young said the body had not been in the forest long, and that the discovery was made after local police followed a tip-off last night.
She said the scene of the crime suggested the teenager was killed in the forest with some type of weapon, but not a gun, and said a post-mortem would clarify the cause of death.
She said police still had more questions for the three men, who appeared to be friends, despite “a level of cooperation” by the teens, who had “family ties” in the area.
“What we’re alleging is that their actions led to the death of the boy in his late teens,” Ms Young said.
And she said the body had not been found near areas Milat had been known to dispose of bodies.
Ms Young also said the dead youth had not been subject to a missing persons or anonymous report.
A crime scene examination was carried out overnight in the bushland south of Sydney and an 18-year-old man was arrested at Bowral at 11pm.
They were taken to Bowral police station and charges are expected to be laid.
On September 1 this year a woman’s skeletal remains were also found in the Belanglo Forest .
Police believe the young woman aged in her late teens or twenties was murdered.
The NSW Belanglo forest has a sordid history.
The bones of a young woman – aged between 15 and 25 – were discovered by motorbike trail riders on August 29.
Forensic testing indicated those remains had been there for less than 12 years, ruling out the possibility that Ivan Milat was the killer.
The Belanglo forest was Milat’s killing ground. He partly buried seven young victims there in the early 1990s.
Insp Young said the boy’s body was found in a different part of the forest to where Milat dumped his victims.