Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Suspected Death of Fred JACKAMORA

Inquest into the Suspected Death of Fred JACKAMORA

Delivered on : 26 May 2020

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner Vicker

Recommendations : N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : N/A

Summary : On 9 November 1983 Mr Jackamora stated he was going to walk from Kalumburu Mission to Mount Elizabeth Station approximately 350 kilometres away, to visit relatives. Mr Jackamora has not been seen since.

Mr Jackamora had a reputation for going walkabout and he had previously walked to visit his family. It was reported Mr Jackamora was in good health. He was last seen leaving Kalumburu Mission on 9 November 1983 with one or two dogs. Mr Jackamora was reported as missing to the Wyndham Police on 14 November 1983.

A limited search was undertaken at the time of parts of Mitchell Plateau by local community members. The terrain between King Edward River and Mitchell Plateau is difficult and inaccessible. Serious concerns about Mr Jackamora did not arise until late in 1984 when his family in Mount Elizabeth reported no sighting of him and people travelling through the Kimberley similarly had not reported sightings of him. Police conducted a search from Kalumburu Mission down to the coast and along the rivers with local people including trackers.

The Coroner was satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt Mr Jackamora is deceased and died sometime between late November 1983 and mid-1984, somewhere between Kalumburu Mission and Mount Elizabeth Station. The Coroner was unable to determine how the deceased died and made an Open Finding as to the manner of Mr Jackamora’s death.

Catch Words : Long Term Missing Person : Open Finding

Last updated: 13-Jul-2020

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