Body Located at Myrtle Bank
Around 5.30pm on Saturday 30th of January 2016 a member of the public walking in the Myrtle Bank reported to police that he had found a motor vehicle on a secluded track.
Enquiries determined that the vehicle was the Honda CRV belonging to missing person Mr Graham Johnstone of Waverley. The vehicle was located unattended, with property known to be in the possession of Mr Johnstone intact in the vehicle.
Police Search and Rescue along with members of the State Emergency Service (SES) attended the area and conducted a search. Sometime later the body of an adult male was located about one hundred metres from the Honda vehicle, about 30 metres off the track and into the bush.
Forensic officers attended the scene and a full examination was conducted. There is nothing to suggest that the death of the male person is in anyway suspicious.
Graham Johnstone, 78 years of age, had been missing since 1pm on Friday the 1st of January 2016 when he told a family member at Waverley that he was going for a drive. It was not unusual for Mr Johnstone to takes drives into remote areas, however he usually returned home of an evening. Mr Johnstone was not equipped for overnight stays and carried no recovery equipment in his vehicle.
As part of the Police investigation into the disappearance of Mr Johnstone, a number of large scale searches have been conducted in areas of bushland in the North East of the state. Members of Mr Johnstone’s family have also conducted extensive searches of the area’s that he was known to frequent.
A report is being prepared for the Coroner.