A body believed to be that of missing Launceston man Jake Daniel Anderson-Brettner has been located by Launceston detectives.
Police said the body was “not intact” when it was located at Myrtle Park, on the Tasman Highway on Sunday.
While it has not been formally identified, Northern District Commander Brett Smith said police believed it to be the body of the missing 24-year-old, who has not been seen since Wednesday evening.
Commander Smith said the body was located as part of police investigations into Mr Anderson-Brettner’s disappearance.
“As a result of those inquiries, detectives were led to a location near Myrtle Park, where a body was located,” Commander Smith said.
“While the body has not been formally identified, it is believed to be Mr Anderson-Brettner.”
No charges have been laid as a result of the investigation, but a Riverside couple remain in police custody.
The man and woman were taken into custody on Saturday in relation to the incident.
Investigations into Mr Anderson-Brettner’s movements since Wednesday are still being conducted by police, with detectives set to search a number of locations on Monday.
Commander Smith said he hoped the investigation would provide the family with some closure.
“Our thoughts are with Mr Anderson-Brettner’s family and loved ones at this difficult time,” Commander Smith said.
“I’d like to thank those members of the community who have provided information and urge anyone else who has information and hasn’t spoken to police to contact us.”
The search for Mr Anderson-Brettner has been conducted over four days.
He was last seen at Riverside and his car found abandoned on Balmoral Street.
The search involved extensive land exercises and the use of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Tasmania Police seized three black cars as part of the investigation.
Police are still seeking further information from the public about the location and movements of the cars.
Information was also sought about a white Mazda, which could help to provide information about Mr Anderson-Brettner’s movements.
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