Police armed with garden hoes and torches scoured the streets of Neutral Bay for evidence into the killing of young businessman Morgan Huxley, who was stabbed to death in the early hours of September 8.
A police source said detectives were investigating Mr Huxley’s relationship with up to 14 women that he had some form of involvement with.
Homicide police again confirmed they had no prime suspect as about 30 Public Order and Riot Squad police conducted an evidence search on Thursday morning.
Mr Huxley was last seen having a schooner of beer at the Oaks Hotel on Military Road after spending the afternoon at a friend’s engagement party on the lower north shore.
The barefoot 31-year-old entered the hotel’s Ben Boyd Road entrance at 1.01am. He sat by himself at a table in the saloon bar before leaving at 1.30am.
Less than 90 minutes later his Irish flatmate Jean Redmond found him suffering from more than a dozen stab wounds. Police said she was at home at the time but did not believe she had any involvement in Mr Huxley’s death.
The evidence search spanned several streets of Neutral Bay and Cremorne.
“Police are conducting a routine ground search in the Neutral Bay area as part of their ongoing inquires into the death of Morgan Huxley,” a police spokesman said.
Officers in teams of four were looking in letterboxes, garbage bins, drainpipes and using torches to look in garden beds and car parks. Some of the streets and parks were almost three kilometres away from the unit Mr Huxley was killed in.
At one point, four officers crouched over a gutter and took photos of what appeared to be a wet glove on Ben Boyd Road.
They used sticks and garden hoes to lift up branches and green litter on pavements and search through parks.
Torches were shone down every visible drainpipe and some officers inspected the bases of trees.
At 10am several teams were concentrating on busy roads including Bannerman and Murdoch streets and Wycombe and Rangers roads.
The riot squad based their search in Prior Avenue Reserve near Cremorne Point and close to Sydney Harbour. They set up their search just before 9am and coordinated the search out of several black 4WDs parked on the reserve.
Many residents looked alarmed as the officers in navy suits walked up and down the streets of the usually quiet harbourside suburb.
The former Hunters Hill High School student was farewelled at a funeral service on Tuesday. He was described as a loyal friend and a family man who had a strong passion for boats and cars.