Police say some locals ‘know what happened’ before body found in bush

Detectives say they’re closing in on those responsible for the death of Jarrad Lovison following a new confirmed sighting of the 37-year-old just weeks before his body was found in remote bushland.

Investigators will this week return to the state’s east as part of a six-month-long investigation into Mr Lovison's disappearance after his body was discovered on May 23 at Moondara, 160 kilometres east of Melbourne.

Jarrad Lovison’s death is being considered suspicious.Credit:Victoria Police

Missing persons squad detectives had previously thought the 213-centimetre-tall 37-year-old was last seen alive about 9.45pm on April 15, riding his bike along March Street in Newborough.

Following further investigations, they believe Mr Lovison was still alive the following morning and was seen with his bicycle on the Moe-Walhalla Road in the early hours of April 16.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper, from the missing persons squad, said police were confident they were closing in on those responsible for Mr Lovison’s suspicious death.

“We have returned to the area a number of times as part of this investigation and will continue to return each time we receive new information,” he said.

Jarrad Lovison’s body has been found in bushland. Credit:Victoria Police

“There absolutely are people in this community who know what happened to Jarrad."

Detective Inspector Stamper said investigators had also followed up on a number of other leads, including the sighting of Jarrad’s green bike which was seen propped against a tree on Becks Bridge Road just north of Adam View Court about 2.30pm on April 18.

He urged anyone with information regarding its current whereabouts, as well as what happened to Mr Lovison and who is responsible, to speak to police.

“We know a white wagon stopped in Becks Bridge Road about 4.30pm on April 18 and took Jarrad’s bike, which is still yet to be recovered," he said.

Mr Lovison was found dead near Moondarra, a remote area about 27 kilometres north of Moe, following public pleas for information.

He had left home without his dog, which his family said was unusual. He was in a good mood on the day he disappeared and was chopping wood which he intended to sell, his family said.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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