The 56-year-old man’s body was dumped in bushland in the small town of Broulee and was found by a man walking his dog on Sunday at around 4.50pm.
Police are treating the death as suspicious and Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said it appears the Canberra man had arranged to meet up with someone he met through the app that day.
It is understood he travelled by car from Canberra to Batemans Bay on Sunday morning.
At the time the man’s body was found, he was wearing a dark blue sleeveless fitted T-shirt, light blue jeans and white trainers.
He is yet to be formally identified. A post mortem examination will be conducted in the following days to determine the cause of death.
As investigations continue, detectives have released an image of the car, a dark purple Honda Jazz, with ACT registration plates YFD 00H.
Det Supt Doherty said police are urging anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle to come forward.
“We are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen or who may have dashcam footage of this car as it was driven between Canberra and Batemans Bay on Sunday,” he said.
“Upon arriving in Batemans Bay, we believe this man may have been using the dating app Grindr to meet with another person before his body was found.
“This is a small community and we hope that someone may be able to assist our investigators – either through sightings of the car or who also may have been using dating applications to meet people in the area.”