6 May 2024

Missing man John 'Tony' Locker's body found on farmland near Cooma

| Claire Fenwicke
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It’s believed the body of missing man John ‘Tony’ Locker has been found south of Cooma. Photo: NSW Police.

There’s been a sad end to the search for missing 77-year-old man John ‘Tony’ Locker after a body was found south of Cooma.

An extensive six-day search by emergency services and John’s family led to the discovery on farmland on Saturday (4 May) at about 6 pm.

While the body is yet to be formally identified, it’s believed to be John.

It appears there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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John’s border collie Sophie was earlier found on Friday (3 May) night by residents in Kiah Avenue, Cooma, with rangers confirming the dog’s identity.

His Toyota ute was later found on Saturday at around 3 pm, about 10 km south of Cooma.

A coordinated search of this area by emergency services led to the discovery of what’s believed to be his body.

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John had originally been reported missing by family on Monday (29 April) after being last seen on Culey Avenue, Cooma.

Homeowners had been asked to check their sheds and other out buildings to make sure John wasn’t inside, and a geo-alert text was sent to phones in the area.

John’s family had earlier issued an appeal to help find their “cherished” family member.

“It’s with deep concern that we reach out to you, seeking your help in locating a cherished member of our family who has gone missing,” they said.

“We appeal to anyone who might have seen or heard something, regardless of how minor it may seem, to come forward and aid us in bringing Tony back home safely.

“Please help us bring dad home, as we fear that time is running out.”

The family also thanked police, POLAir, the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, NSW Marine Rescue, ACT Police, Westpac Rescue and “the countless friends, family and strangers” who had helped with the search.

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