A man will front court over the alleged murder of Jake Anderson-Brettner.
The 24-year-old disappeared from Riverside last Wednesday and the missing person investigation was upgraded to murder after his torso was found near Myrtle Park on the Tasman Highway.
A 26-year-old Launceston man was charged on Tuesday afternoon.
A 25-year-old woman was charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Both accused were remanded to appear in the Launceston Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning. Detective acting Inspector Craig Fox said police were continuing to search multiple sites across Launceston as part of the investigation.
“Charging two people in relation to the murder of Jake is a significant development in the police investigation and the result of some excellent police work aided by public assistance,” he said.
The crime has been described as “traumatic” by police and has sent shockwaves throughout the community.
Friend Twigs Millwood had been speaking with Mr Anderson-Brettner just 24 hours before he disappeared, describing the news of his death as “shattering”.
“Jake was always the life of the party wherever he was and always went out of his way to make sure everyone around him was having fun,” Mr Millwood said.
“His laugh was infectious and the fact that his life at the end was held with such disregard while others held it so dearly is utterly disgusting.
“The loss of Jake will be felt for a lifetime.”
Launceston’s deputy mayor Rob Soward said it was a sad time for the city.
“There is a lot of sadness, anger and grief in our local community at the moment,” he said.
“Let's make sure we take good care of each other at a tough time for many people are doing it very hard emotionally.”
Police are still searching for a car they believe is linked to the case.
The white 2006 Mazda 6, registration FN2477, is one of four vehicles of interest.
The alleged murder victim’s ute, as well as two other black cars have already been seized by police.