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Murder suspect’s body found

The body of a man believed to be murder suspect Kevin Jewell has been found on the Yorke Peninsula, ending a three-day statewide manhunt.

Nov 23, 2023, updated Nov 24, 2023
Police at the Yorke Peninsula site where a body believed to be murder suspect Kevin Jewell was found on Thursday. Photo: 7News Adelaide/Twitter

Police at the Yorke Peninsula site where a body believed to be murder suspect Kevin Jewell was found on Thursday. Photo: 7News Adelaide/Twitter

Police said a short time ago that the body was found near the town of Curramulka, 189km from Adelaide, late this morning.

Jewell was accused of shooting dead his estranged wife Jodie Jewell at their Modbury North home on Tuesday. He then drove north in his white Mitsubishi Triton ute, sparking a huge police manhunt amid warnings that he was armed and dangerous.

Police found Jodie Jewell’s body after going to the house for a welfare check, and said she was shot around 6pm Tuesday. Kevin Jewell’s ute was later seen near Port Wakefield at around 7.30pm.

Officers went to the junction of Boundary and Brooke Roads, Curramulka at about 11.30am today following a tipoff from the public, and found a white 2008 Mitsubishi Triton ute and a body about 150 metres away.

“The man is believed to be 55-year-old Kevin Jewell, wanted by police in relation to the murder of 55-year-old Jodie Jewell at their Modbury North home on Tuesday,” a police statement said.

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“Major Crime detectives and Forensic Response Section are en route to the scene. There are no suspicious circumstances.”

Kevin Jewell and his Mitsubishi Triton utility. Photos: SA Police

The discovery came hours after police made another public appeal for Jewell, an experienced hunter and camper, to surrender.

“You can’t hide forever,” Detective Senior Sergeant Justin Thompson said on radio.

“Basically at some stage he will need fuel, he will need food. There will come a time that he will surface.”

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