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Third teenager charged with murder of father found dead on NSW South Coast after Grindr date

Third teen is accused of killing father-of-three, 56, who was beaten to death in bushland after Grindr date nightmare

  • The body of Peter Keeley was found on February 2 in Bushland on the south coast of NSW
  • The 56-year-old father from Canberra is supposed to have used Grindr
  • Two 17-year-old boys were arrested Thursday by the police in the Broulee area
  • Third teenager arrested just before 3 p.m. on Thursday and charged with murder
  • Mr. Keeley’s family thanked the police in a statement for their support at this time

A third teenager has been arrested and charged with the alleged murder of an auctioneer and father of three who was found dead in bushland after using the dating app Grindr.

The body of Peter Keeley, 56, was discovered on February 2 in Broulee on the south coast of New South Wales.

It is understood that Mr. Keeley was found near a Honda Jazz he had driven there and that his legs and wrists were tied together with duct tape.

The body of Peter Keeley (photo) was discovered near bushland in Broulee, on the NSW South Coast on 2 February

The body of Peter Keeley (photo) was discovered near bushland in Broulee, on the NSW South Coast on 2 February

Police believe the 56-year-old arranged a meetup on Grindr before he drove two hours from Canberra to Batemans Bay that morning just north of Broulee.

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested Thursday around 6:00 am in the Broulee area and charged with the murder of Canberra’s father.

NSW Police said they arrested a third teenager in the same area just before 3 p.m. and also accused him of murder.

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Police believe the 56-year-old arranged a meetup at Grindr before he drove two hours from Canberra to Batemans Bay, just north of Broulee that morning

Police believe the 56-year-old arranged a meetup at Grindr before he drove two hours from Canberra to Batemans Bay, just north of Broulee that morning

Police believe the 56-year-old arranged a meetup at Grindr before he drove two hours from Canberra to Batemans Bay, just north of Broulee that morning

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested earlier Thursday and charged with the murder of Mr. Keeley

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested earlier Thursday and charged with the murder of Mr. Keeley

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested earlier Thursday and charged with the murder of Mr. Keeley

Images showed that the boys were led out of their houses by handcuffs. A third teenager was arrested on Thursday afternoon for the alleged murder of the auctioneer

Images showed that the boys were led out of their houses by handcuffs. A third teenager was arrested on Thursday afternoon for the alleged murder of the auctioneer

Images showed that the boys were led out of their houses by handcuffs. A third teenager was arrested on Thursday afternoon for the alleged murder of the auctioneer

Officers have seized cell phones, laptops and other electronic equipment according to the three search commands.

He was also accused of being held in company with the intention of causing physical injury.

Police images showed that the previously arrested boys were handcuffed from their homes.

One of the boys walked barefoot on his way to a police car.

Inspector inspector Danny Doherty told news.com.au one of the boys was still a school student and ‘their parents were present’ during the search orders.

A post-mortem examination was not decisive but found that Mr Keeley sustained head and face injury.

A post-mortem examination was not decisive, but found that Mr Keeley suffered head and face injury

A post-mortem examination was not decisive, but found that Mr Keeley suffered head and face injury

A post-mortem examination was not decisive, but found that Mr Keeley suffered head and face injury

Speaking in the media two days after Mr. Keeley’s body was found, NSW Homicide Squad Commander Doherty said Grindr may have played a role in death.

“Upon arrival at Batemans Bay, we think this man may have used the dating app Grindr to meet another person before his body was found,” Inspector Inspector Doherty said.

According to Nine news, Mr. Keeley had been a “successful auctioneer.”

When his body was found, he was wearing a dark blue sleeveless fitted t-shirt, light blue jeans and white sneakers.

Mr. Keeley’s family has released a statement thanking the police for their support.

The body of Canberra's father was discovered near bushland in Broulee, on the south coast of NSW, around 4:50 pm on February 2

The body of Canberra's father was discovered near bushland in Broulee, on the south coast of NSW, around 4:50 pm on February 2

The body of Canberra’s father was discovered near bushland in Broulee, on the south coast of NSW, around 4:50 pm on February 2

“Our family is devastated and we still agree that we have lost Peter,” the statement said.

“The only thing that can be said is that we are deeply affected by this tragedy and we are still grieving.

‘We are grateful for the overwhelming support from family and friends.

‘Thanks to the NSW Police Force and ACT Police detectives who supported our family in this terrible time.

“As we continue to process this news, our family is currently requesting privacy to support Peter’s children.”

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