Ganly case: Willis charged with murder, police hunt second man

UPDATE 6PM: A man charged with the murder of Ricky Lee Ganly appeared in court on Tuesday, but police believe a second man involved in the death has not been apprehended.

Jesse Willis, 28, of Maryborough, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court and was remanded to re-appear on June 5 for a committal mention hearing. 

A police remand summary seen by The Courier alleges Willis made admissions to killing Ganly while being interviewed in Ballarat this week.

Willis was arrested in Maryborough by Homicide Squad Missing Person Unit detectives about 4pm on Sunday, less than two hours after police hauled Mr Ganly's Magna sedan and a body from the bottom of a flooded Avoca mine.

Mr Ganly, 48, was last seen by his girlfriend at his Doherty Street home in Deer Park about 12pm on Sunday, April 28, last year.

Phone records showed his last movements were in Avoca during April 28-29.

The remand summary says a post mortem carried out on the body, believed to be Ganly's, reveals he died from a single gunshot to the back of the head. 

The police documents also reveal that a co-accused, Stuart Hutchinson, remains at large over his alleged involvement Ganly's death. 

"It will be alleged that he assisted Willis dispose of the vehicle and Ganly at the dredge site," the remand summary says. 

Members of Ganly's family sat in court while Willis, dressed in a black T-shirt and with short black hair and stubble, showed no emotion as magistrates Cynthia Toose addressed him. 

A lawyer for Willis said it was her clients first time in custody and that he was withdrawing from oxycontin, morphine and methylamphetamine. 

Willis will re-appear on June 5 for a committal mention hearing. 

The Courier

UPDATE 4.05PM: Jesse Willis, 28, of Maryborough, fronts Ballarat Magistrates Court charged with murder after a body was found in a flooded Avoca mine on Sunday.

UPDATE 3.15PM: Homicide Squad detectives have charged a Maryborough man with murder after a body was found in a flooded Avoca mine on Sunday.

Detectives arrested a 28-year-old Maryborough man about 4pm on Sunday after a car belonging to missing man Ricky Lee Ganly was found in the mine with human remains inside.

The man will appear in Ballarat Magistrates Court soon.

EARLIER: Police found a body, believed to be that of Ricky Lee Ganly, submerged in a car near Avoca about 3.30pm on Sunday.

Members of the Homicide Squad and search and rescue officers had been scouring the area for missing 48-year-old Ricky Lee Ganly.

The Deer Park man was last seen  by his girlfriend at his Doherty Street home about 12pm on April 28 last year. 

Homicide investigator Ron Iddles said he believed there were people in the Avoca-Maryborough area who knew exactly what happened to Mr Ganly and urged them to come forward.

He said phone records showed Mr Ganly was close to the old mine site about 1.30pm on April 29. Police divers spent Sunday morning searching the murky waters before discovering the car about 15 metres from the bank at 2.30pm.

Police also retrieved a weapon from the water but Senior Sergeant Iddles said it was a World War II era rifle and not believed to be connected to the case.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00 or

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