Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Jan Zapotocky

Delivered on 25 November 2015 at Perth.

Finding of Coroner Linton.


The deceased at the time of his death was in good health for his age although he was frail and was known to suffer from migraines and had a history of heart problems.

The deceased was last seen by his neighbour on 21 March 2014 in the rear yard of his home tending to his garden. He appeared to be in good spirits and told his neighbour that he intended to go fishing at Canal Rocks in Yallingup for a couple of days.

On 24 March 2014 the deceased’s niece telephoned the Bunbury Police Station requesting that the police conduct a welfare check on the deceased as she had not be able to contact him.

On 26 March 2014 the deceased was officially report missing by the deceased’s niece. Police attended at the deceased’s home and obtained a spare key to gain entry into the deceased’s house. Police entered and searched the house but found no recent sign of the deceased.

On the same day the deceased’s neighbour, who was working in the Cape Naturaliste area, conducted a search of the car park at Canal Rocks and found the deceased’s car. Police attended at the car park and located the deceased’s car locked and unoccupied. Despite an extensive search for the deceased his body has not been recovered.

The Coroner found that on 21 March 2014 the deceased went fishing at Canals Rocks in Yallingup. He went into the ocean and died sometime that day. The cause of death is unascertained.

The Coroner found death arose by way of accident.

Catch Words

Missing Person : Accident.

Last updated: 16 August 2022

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