Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Suspected Death of Bryon Harold WELLINGTON

Inquest into the Suspected Death of Bryon Harold WELLINGTON

Delivered on : 13 May 2020

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner Vicker

Recommendations : N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : N/A

Summary : Mr Wellington was spoken to on the afternoon of 15 November 1994 where he was camped alongside a broken down vehicle on Gibb River Road. When Mr Wellington’s friends returned to the broken down vehicle during the morning of 16 November 1994 there was no trace of Mr Wellington, although his camp still contained all his belongings. Despite extensive search over the next few days no trace of Mr Wellington has ever been found.

Following a report to the Wyndham police on the morning of 16 November 1994 that Mr Wellington has disappeared from where he had been camped for the last few days beside a damaged motor vehicle, police attended the scene and could find no trace of the abandoned vehicle. Police were then advised that the abandoned vehicle has been repaired and was on its way Kalumburu without Mr Wellington. The group confirmed with police they had seen no sign of Mr Wellington and he had left all of his clothes, swag and cigarettes at the scene.

Police and Mr Wellington’s friends returned to the scene and searched the area, but they were unable to locate Mr Wellington. Police made arrangements for a proper search to commence the next day and they stayed overnight pending the gathering of SES volunteers and other police to assist in the search. Despite searching extensively for Mr Wellington he has never been located.

The Coroner was satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt Mr Wellington is deceased but the Coroner was unable to determine how Mr Wellington died. The Coroner made an Open Finding as to the manner of Mr Wellington’s death.

Catch Words : Long Term Missing Person : Open Finding

Last updated: 16-Jul-2020

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