Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Suspected Death of James Patrick Taylor

Delivered on 15 December 2014 at Perth.

Finding of Coroner King.

Suppression Orders

The identity of Witness C, whose statement appears at Tab 20 of Exhibit 1, not be published in any way.

The name of Witness C not be mentioned in these proceedings.

The same restrictions apply with respect to Witness C’s brother and her son.


The deceased was 12 years old on 29 August 1974 when he went from his home in Derby to a nearby shop on a quick errand and did not return. The Western Australia Police investigation into his disappearance effectively ended in 1979.

In August 2006 the Western Australia Police Special Crime Squad reviewed the investigation.

In June 2013 the Western Australia Police completed a report into the disappearance and suspected death of the deceased. A man convicted of abducting and killing a nine year old boy in Tasmania in 1975 was identified as a person of interest.

The inquest was held to determine whether the death of deceased has been established beyond all reasonable doubt and whether the cause and manner or death could be found. The possible role of the person of interest was examined.

The Coroner found beyond all reasonable doubt that the deceased had died but was unable to determine when the deceased died or the cause or manner of death.

Catch Words

Missing person : Abduction : Open Finding.

Last updated: 15 July 2022

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