Cobram Courier

Murder charges after body located in Cobram

By Cobram Courier

UPDATE:

Three men have been charged with murder following the discovery of a body in Cobram today.

Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad with the assistance of Police Search and Rescue located a body, which is yet to be formally identified, in Cobram East about 3pm today.

Yesterday Police conducted a number of search warrants in Shepparton and surrounding areas.

A 29-year-old man and 26-year-old man, both from Lemnos, and a 44-year-old Ardmona man were arrested.

All three have now been charged with murder.

They were due to appear in the Shepparton Magistrates’ Court today.

The discovery comes as police search for missing Shepparton man, Umit Bolat.

The 45-year-old was last seen alive about 5.30pm on Sunday, 12 August in the vicinity of Wyndham Street, Shepparton.

2pm:

Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad have arrested three people as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Shepparton man Umit Bolat.

The 45-year-old was last seen about 5.30pm on Sunday, 12 August in the vicinity of Wyndham Street, Shepparton.

Yesterday Police conducted a number of search warrants in Shepparton and surrounding areas.

A 29-year-old man and 26-year-old man, both from Lemnos, and a 44-year-old Ardmona man were arrested and are currently in custody.

Missing Persons Squad detectives and Police Search and Rescue will today continue their search for Mr Bolat in the Shepparton and Cobram areas.

Mr Bolat was reported missing by his sister on the 21st August after failing to keep a number of appointments.

He has a highly distinctive yellow Holden commodore ute with registration YOC 741.

About 10am on Tuesday, 14 August police located the yellow ute parked in a supermarket carpark on Benalla Road, Shepparton.

The car was unlocked and the keys were still in the ignition.

Mr Bolat is described as 165 cm in height with a solid build, short dark hair with an olive complexion and of southern European appearance.

Anyone with any information in relation to Umit or his vehicle is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au