Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Suspected Death of Simon MARBIN

Inquest into the Suspected Death of Simon MARBIN

Delivered on : 27 May 2020

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner Vicker

Recommendations :N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : N/A

Summary : On 12 December 1992 Mr Marbin had breakfast at a friend’s house in Bayulu Community. He had taken a few days leave from Fossil Downs Station where he worked. Once he left his friend’s house he was never seen or heard from again, although it was believed he had been on his way to Muludja Community.

Mr Marbin’s disappearance was reported to the Fitzroy Crossing police on 17 December 1992 by his brother. Police made enquiries at surrounding local communities which revealed no knowledge of Mr Marbin’s whereabouts. Enquiries were then extended throughout the communities by radio. A search was conducted between communities of Bayulu and Muludja by police, local SES and local trackers. No tracks for Mr Marbin were located. On 18 December 1992 a helicopter was used to search the area between the two communities and a grid search was undertaken by the helicopter. The area was searched over one and half hours before returning to its base and advising there was no indication of Mr Marbin during the helicopter search. Between 19 December 1992 and 11 January 1993 both police and locals conducted additional searches including the use of helicopters and aircraft with no result.

The Coroner was satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt Mr Marbin is deceased and his death was within a time frame of 12-17 December 1992 on his way between the two communities out of Fossil Downs. The Coroner was unable to determine how the deceased died and made an Open Finding as to the manner of Mr Marbin’s death.

Catch Words : Long Term Missing Person : Land and Air Search : Open Finding

Last updated: 15-Jun-2020

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