Tweed Heads and Homicide Squad detectives have formed a strike force to investigate the death of a man whose charred remains were found in a house fire last week.

The severely burnt body of a man – who has yet to be formally identified – was found by police who attended a house fire in Urliup Road, Tweed Heads, early last Friday (March 26).

The house was destroyed by the fire and it has yet to be determined whether the fire was accidental or deliberately lit.

When police and fire brigades attended the scene at 6.30am, the house was well alight.

It was not until the fire was extinguished that the charred remains were found.

Due to the extent of the fire, the remains have been sent for forensic testing in Newcastle to identify the man.

Detectives from Strike Force Daruk are appealing for any information from the public, particularly between the hours 2am and 5am Friday (March 26).

“While we have spoken to a number of witnesses, it’s important we receive information from any members of the public who may have seen or heard something in or near the house in the early hours of Friday morning,” said Tweed/Byron LAC Crime Manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm.

“As the body has not been formally identified, we can’t determine if the deceased lived at the house or was just visiting.

“We are also looking for a motorcycle that belongs to one of the occupants of the house. It was last seen on Golam Drive, about five minutes from the house fire, between 2 and 5am. However, it is now missing.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives either on Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or Tweed Heads Police Station on 07 55360999.