A man has been charged over the shooting death of another man, whose decomposing body was located last month in bushland on the state’s North Coast.

The man charged is Barry Grant, of Condong.

Strike Force Danbury was established by the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad to investigate the disappearance of Jethro Matheson last month.

Mr Matheson was last seen with a 51-year-old man at a property at Eviron Road, Condong, on Thursday 15 January. A number of gunshots were reported in the area on that day.

During the execution of a search warrant at the property on the following day (Friday 16 January) police have alleged they located and seized more than 1500 cannabis plants, worth $3 million.

About 2pm on Friday 30 January Mr Matheson’s decomposed body was found in bushland in the Border Ranges National Park near Kyogle.

As a result of the continuing Strike Force Danbury, a 51-year-old man was arrested at Grafton Police Station about 11.30am yesterday.

He appeared in Grafton Local Court yesterday charged with murder, when he was remanded into custody to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday 7 April 2009.

Inquiries by Strike Force Danbury are continuing and members of the public with information about Mr Matheson’s death are urged to contact detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.