NSW Police have been informed over a phone call that around 4pm, yesterday, a Springside resident has discovered a man’s body in the Canobolas State Forest close to Orange.
According to the Police, the body is suspected to be of Steven Groat, 54, from Wyoming, in New South Wales, who was missing last month.
Mr. Groat was last seen about midday, on December 19, 2015, after he left his friend’s house in Orange. He never made it home, which eventually initiated a wide hunt in the forest that involved more than 50 people from PolAir, RFS, SES, as well as the local Police Force.
It is to be noted that Mr. Groat was without medication at the time of his missing, and that his blue Commodore was found on a road, 15 minutes drive from where he was last seen, in Canobolas State Forest.
The inspectors have discovered the body 50 metres into the forest. Till now, they have not formally identified the man. The cause of his death is yet to be revealed, and the investigators will commence a post-mortem later.
Police are not treating this case as suspicious.
According to the Australian Federal Police, approximately 35,000 people go missing every year in Australia. Apart from cases like this, the most heart-breaking news comes when a child goes missing. Most of the times, these children are assumed to be murdered, and there are other times, they go missing without a trace, baffling the Investigators. One of the most talked about case in recent times, is the mysterious disappearance of William Tyrell. Tyrell, 3, was last seen on September 12, 2014, at his grandmother’s home in Benaroon Dr, Kendell. Police have yet to conclude what actually happened to him.
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