Detectives investigate a serious assault on Alice St, Pialba on January 7
Detectives investigate a serious assault on Alice St, Pialba on January 7 Annie Perets

Pialba man's death becomes a homicide investigation

POLICE have confirmed they are treating a fatal assault outside a Pialba unit as a homicide.

The 58-year-old man, known as Wayne, died in hospital nine days after being targeted just outside his unit at Alice St, across the road from a primary school.

Police say they have closed in on a person of interest as around-the-clock investigations continue into the possible homicide.

Wide Bay Burnett District detective Inspector Gary Pettiford said a "strong line of inquiry" led them to the potential suspect - a man believed to be unknown to the victim.

"We've continued with our investigation into the cause of the death, which involves the forensic testing of various items which were found at the crime scene," Insp Pettiford said.

"We believe it was an isolated incident."

An autopsy report is currently being compiled.

No charges have been laid.

The man's family has been informed of his passing.

"They're very upset and shocked by the incident," Insp Pettiford said.

"They are cooperating with us and are a great help to the investigation.

"We don't want to rush into anything at this stage and are working very hard around the clock."

Police say the alleged assailant also attempted to steal the man's car in the early hours of January 6.

The victim died from the extensive injuries which police believe he sustained in the altercation.

Officers found a stick at the Alice St crime scene that they believe was involved in the assault.

But they await further testing before they can draw a final conclusion.

Wayne's unexpected death shocked nearby residents.

Neighbours have described him as a a kind and private man.

Insp Pettiford said the community should not be concerned for their safety because police believed it was an isolated incident.

He reminded the public to phone 000 in an emergency.

If you have any information about the attack, phone Policelink on 131 444.

Police are particularly interested in any video footage from the area.