Tweed/Byron Local Area Command detectives are again appealing for anyone with information about the death of Mullumbimby teenager Jai Morcom to come forward, as they continue to compile a report for the Coroner.
Sixteen-year-old Jai died in the Gold Coast Hospital on Saturday 29 August, two days after a melee in the playground of a high school at Mullumbimby.
Tweed/Byron Crime Manager Inspector Greg Carey said every effort to identify and interview witnesses was being undertaken, to the extent that an email address to investigators had been established.
“We have conducted interviews with literally dozens of students, teachers and community members,” Inspector Carey said.
“We have been in constant contact with Jai’s parents and the school community.
“Investigators have also set up an email address which has been circulated throughout the school community, in the hope that additional information could be provided by that method.”
Inspector Carey said detectives were still awaiting the full autopsy report from the Queensland authorities.
“As Jai died in Queensland, the report will be submitted initially to the Queensland Coroner,” he said.
“I know every possible effort is being made by the Queensland authorities to conduct a thorough and completely accurate report, which will be then passed on to the NSW Coroner, along with our report.
“To ensure we have investigated every single aspect of this boy’s death, we need 100 per cent co-operation from everyone who had contact with Jai on the day he died.
“My detectives have amassed an enormous amount of witness statements, and have spent literally hours and hours interviewing his teachers, friends and family, but we must be convinced there are no unanswered questions.
“Our investigation has not been helped by ongoing speculation in the community over Jai’s death.
“It is vital that the community understand we need facts and not speculation.
“Unfortunately, it takes time to conduct a complete and accurate investigation, just as it takes time for all autopsy tests and reports to be completed.
“We ask the community to be patient with our investigation, continue to assist us with any information they believe may be relevant, and to support Jai’s family.
“Ultimately, it is Jai’s family who are suffering the greatest loss, and we want the answers.”
Anyone with information about the death of Jai Morcom is urged to contact Tweed/Byron detectives at Tweed Heads Police Station on 07 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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