Adelaide drug dealer who has been missing since January may have been tortured for a week for murder

Drug dealer not seen since January may have been tortured for a WEEK for his murder, police say

  • A missing Adelaide man believed to have been murdered may have been tortured
  • Robert Atkins, a local drug dealer, was reported missing by his mother in January
  • Checks on his bank account and phone show no activity since November 2020
  • After a search of a Christie Downs home, police said he was being held against his will










A missing and suspected murdered man from Adelaide may have been detained and assaulted for up to a week before his death, police have revealed.

Robert Atkins was involved in the local street-level drug scene and Detective Inspector Brett Featherby says it’s that involvement that police believe led to his murder.

He was reported missing by his mother in January, but checks have found no activity on his phone or through his bank accounts since mid-November last year.

Adelaide man, Robert Atkins was reported missing by his mother in January 2021, and police believe he was detained for up to a week before being murdered

On Thursday evening, a search was conducted at a house in Christie Downs, with parts of the floor being removed for further forensic examination.

“Obviously when a person is held against them, especially for a period of four to seven days and is attacked and their body is destroyed, we know that more than one or two people are involved in the murder,” Det said. Insp Featherby. .

“If there is anyone who has been involved in Robert’s death, even a small part, we ask that they come forward and talk to the police before we come and talk to them.”

On July 22, a house in Christie Downs was searched in connection with the missing man, and his probable murder has been declared a major felony (stock)

On July 22, a house in Christie Downs was searched in connection with the missing man, and his probable murder has been declared a major felony (stock)

Det Insp Featherby said detectives followed several lines of investigation and believed there were people out there who had knowledge of Mr Atkins’ background and his subsequent murder.

He said police believed the 29-year-old was in debt as a result of his involvement in drugs, but those debts were not significant.

The disappearance of Mr. Atkins and his likely murder has been declared a major crime.

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