Forensic operation to identify human remains in Leo Lipp-Neighbours' car
Police are completing an exhaustive forensic examination of Leo Lipp-Neighbours' car as they attempt to solve the seven-year mystery of how it came to be in the water beneath a Nelson wharf.
The orange Toyota Corolla station wagon was removed from a shed by crane, flipped onto its wheels and placed on the wharf in Wakefield Quay on Wednesday afternoon.
On Thursday at 2.30pm it was loaded on to a tow truck and taken to a secure facility for more testing.
The car has been washed since Tuesday night when it was pulled from the water covered in seaweed and brown slime.
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Lipp-Neighbours was last seen leaving his Nelson flat in the station wagon about 4am on January 24, 2010.
Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly said on Wednesday that police had found "what are believed to be skeletal remains" in the vehicle.
It would take some time to identify the remains, he said.
Other "items of interest" have also been found, but Arnold-Kelly has not said what they are.
Arnold-Kelly said this morning that it was an active investigation and police were looking into everything that might help them to understand what happened to Lipp-Neighbours and how his vehicle ended up in the water.
"The discovery of the car and the bones is a milestone in the investigation and the investigation's going to be continuing and it gives us a lot more to go on."
Police wore boiler suits, masks, plastic aprons and gloves as they washed piles of silt through sieves into basins on the concrete wharf area on Wednesday.
A generator with a cutter broke the locks on the left front door. Inside there was evidence of the sea life built up on the seats and hanging from the gear stick.
A police photographer took photos inside the vehicle and police with flashlights pulled debris from the car to be washed at basins near the water.
A few onlookers gathered behind the cordon to watch the forensic examination, which led to a crane being driven in front of the car to block the public's view.
Police are liaising with Leo's family to update them with developments.