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Mystery Surrounding Body Found On The Side Of The Road Deepens

Mario was last seen at a Sydney service station. His body was found by a truck driver at Olympic Park almost two weeks later.

Mystery surrounds the suspected murder of a cafe worker whose body was found dumped on the side of a Sydney road.

The 33-year-old cafe worker's body was found bound and gagged, wrapped in plastic and covered in a mattress protector.

Detectives have revealed Wachira ‘Mario’ Phetmang was last seen at a petrol station at South Hurstville on the evening of May 25 before his body was discovered on Homebush Bay Drive at Sydney Olympic Park on June 6.

He was formally identified on Wednesday as detectives from the State Crime Command's homicide squad appealed for information about his final movements.

The man whose body was found dumped on a busy Sydney road on June 6 has been identified as Wachira 'Mario' Phetmang. Image: NSW Police

“It’s an unusual way to be found and it does indicate to us certain activities of certain people, but we don’t want to be blind to all motives,” Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said. 

A post-mortem examination revealed Phetmang, a “well-liked” cafe worker with no criminal history, died from blunt trauma injuries and was “visibly beaten”. 

The man’s time of death remains “ambiguous”.

“It was quite some time between the time we found him and the time of death -- that’s not to say he was on the roadway that entire time,” Det. Insp. Cook said.

'Mario' Phetmang was a cafe worker who most recently lived in Hurstville. Image: New South Wales

"We have a number of lines of inquiries. We are looking into his associates, his friends, we are looking into his activities -- everything that we can."

Detectives released CCTV of the 33-year-old arriving at the petrol station in South Hurstville in a silver 2004 Hyundai Terracan, with Victorian registration URK109.

“He is not the owner, but a user of the vehicle, which we have not yet located,” Det. Spt. Cook said. 

Wachira 'Mario' Phetmang was last seen entering a service station in South Hurstville on May 25. (NSW Police)
The man travelled to and from the service station in a silver 2004 Hyundai Terracan, with Victorian registration URK109. Image: NSW Police

“At this stage, we do not know where Mario went after leaving the service station, and we are appealing for information about his movements from then until his body was located almost two weeks later.”

Police have appealed to motorists who may have dash cameras to review their footage in the days leading up to June 6, as well as anyone who has information about the silver Hyundai.

The man's mother and sister, who live in New South Wales, have been notified of his death.

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