Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Giuseppe DEL BORRELLO

Inquest into the Death of Giuseppe DEL BORRELLO

Delivered on :31 May 2018

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner Linton

Recommendations :N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : N/A

Summary : The deceased was 78 years old when he went missing in the Yanchep National Park, after he had gone there with his family and friends for a picnic on New Year’s Day, 1 January 1979. He appeared to be enjoying himself during the day and often went for a short walk after eating a meal.

When the deceased failed to return from his walk after lunch, his family became concerned and searched for him, eventually reporting him missing to the National Park Rangers. After a brief unsuccessful search the Head Ranger reported the deceased missing to police at 6.10pm.  A comprehensive search was conducted immediately and the surrounding areas.  Despite an extensive search conducted, which continued until 5 January 1978, there has been no sign of the deceased.

The deceased was last seen by his regular doctor two months before he went missing. He was being treated for mild heart failure, high blood pressure and chronic alcoholism, with alcohol-related depression.  He was on regular daily medication.  After he went missing the deceased’s daughter-in-law noticed that a packet of his sleeping pills were missing from the house.

At the conclusion of the inquest the Coroner was satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt the deceased died on or about 1 January 1979. The Coroner found there was insufficient evidence to make a finding as to the manner of death and accordingly made an open finding as to the manner of death.

Catch Words : Missing person : Open Finding.


Last updated: 30-Apr-2019

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