Police are appealing for information as investigations continue into the murder of Chris Whiteley at Lithgow last month.
A post mortem revealed the man sustained stab wounds, and confirmed his identity as 69-year-old resident, Chris Whiteley.
Local detectives, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, have established Strike Force Armor to investigate the circumstances surrounding Chris Whiteley suspected murder.
Chifley Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Luke Rankin, said their inquiries indicate Chris Whiteley was murdered in early August.
“Mr Whiteley’s last contact with family was on Sunday 7 August 2016, and the post mortem examination determined his death to be around this time,” Det Insp Rankin said.
“Strike Force detectives have been canvassing the local area to determine his movements around the time he was last in contact with his family.”
“In particular, we would like to speak with anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity in the area around this time,” Det Insp Rankin said.
Chris Whiteley’s brother, Neil, joined police to appeal for information to locate his killer(s).
“Chris was a quiet, gentle man, who moved to Lithgow because he loved the peaceful community atmosphere,” Neil Whiteley said.
“He kept mostly to himself, and we can’t imagine he would have had any enemies or be involved with anyone who could do something like this.
“Our family have been greatly impacted by Chris’ murder and we are calling on the community to provide police with information – no matter how small – to help them bring whoever is responsible to justice,” Neil Whiteley said.
Anyone with information that may assist strike force detectives with their inquiries are urged to come forward.
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