Campbelltown police release identity of body found in Rosemeadow

Police have identified the body found in Rosemeadow yesterday as 46-year-old Campbelltown resident Jamie Phillips.

Campbelltown Police Area Command crime manager Greg Inger addressed media at Campbelltown Police Station today following the discovery of Mr Phillips’ body in a vacant lot off Englorie Park Drive yesterday afternoon.

Detective Inspector Inger said police were looking for any CCTV footage or dashcam vision of the area in the hours before the discovery of the body.

“We are looking for assistance from the public and anyone who may have knowledge of any of Jamie’s movements in the past 48 hours or even further,” he said.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have seen someone coming or going [from the site].”

Detective Inspector Inger said Mr Phillips had family in the area and police were liaising with them as part of their investigation.

“We are speaking with the family and making our way through the family to find a picture of Jamie and his life,” he said.

Detective Inspector Inger said the body was found yesterday by “people in the area who were doing something completely unconnected”.

He said it was “too early to say” when the body was dumped.

“Our investigation at this stage indicates there is nothing the public should be fearing in relation to this [discovery],” Detective Inspector Inger said.

“There are a number of avenues of inquiry we’re following and it is a matter we will look at closely.”

Police will be conducting a post-mortem on Mr Phillips “in the coming days” that will “establish the cause of death”.

Detective Inspector Inger said police did not often come across crimes like this and the discovery was “unusual”.

“The nature of how he was found will form part of our investigation,” he said.

Police have not yet revealed what condition the body was in when it was found.

Detective Inspector Inger said Mr Phillips was “known to Campbelltown police” but there was “nothing at this stage to indicate any links to bikies”.

“As part of any investigation we look into all motives and connections,” he said.

The crime manager said Mr Phillips was found on land that backs on to bush. He said people were known to frequent the area and “spend some time there”.

Police have spoken to nearby residents.

Strike Force Hardey has been established to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Phillips’ death.

The strike force is comprised of officers from the Campbelltown Police Area Command and the State Crime Command’s homicide squad.

If you have any information relevant to this case contact Campbelltown police directly or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.