19 October 2022

Investigations continue after body found near Hillston

| Chris Roe
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A body believed to be that of a missing Hillston man has been found. Photo: File

A body, believed to be that of a missing man, has been recovered from floodwater in the state’s west today.

The 63-year-old man was last seen on a rural property on Lachlan Valley Way, Hillston, at about 12 pm on Tuesday 11 October 2022.

When he did not return several hours later, police were notified and commenced a search operation at the property.

The extensive coordinated search was conducted for several days involving officers from Murrumbidgee Police District, PolAir, Police Rescue, NSW SES, and NSW Ambulance along the Lachlan River, however the man was not located.

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About 8:30 am today (Wednesday 19 October), emergency services received reports that a body had been sighted on a rural property at Wallanthery, about 35km north-east of Hillston.

Officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District, with assistance from NSW SES, attended the property and retrieved the body.

While the body is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be that of the missing man.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death continue and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Original Article published by Chris Roe on Region Riverina.

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