9 May 2024

Human remains found in national park believed to belong to missing man, Craig Evans

| Albert McKnight
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Craig Evans, 51, went missing from the NSW South Coast town of Eden in 2018. Photo: NSW Police Facebook.

Human remains found in a national park on the NSW Far South Coast are believed to belong to Craig Evans, a man who went missing from the nearby town of Eden in 2018.

Police were called on 27 February 2024 after a contractor discovered what was thought to be human remains in the Beowa National Park.

A crime scene was established and the remains were sent for forensic examination.

On Wednesday (9 May), NSW Police announced that officers had confirmed the identity of the remains and that the man’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

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Mr Evans was last seen leaving a worksite near the Garden of Eden caravan park on the Princes Highway in Eden on the afternoon of 11 December 2018, apparently in order to take a phone call.

The then-51-year-old had apparently been visiting NSW from his home in Eastwood, Victoria.

Police began a major and long-lasting search to find Mr Evans at the time, involving officers from the South Coast Police District, the State Emergency Service and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The search was still continuing into at least 2019.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact:

Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis support line – 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800 or kidshelpline.com.au
MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978 or mensline.org.au

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