Gordon Copeland: Search for missing Aboriginal reveals human remains | New South Wales
A search for missing Aboriginal man Gordon Copeland has found human remains around 500 meters from where he was last seen fleeing from police and entering the Gwydir River.
Copeland, 22, a Gomeroi from Moree, has been missing since the early hours of July 10.
This week, New South Wales Police launched a new intensive three-day search. At around 10:30 am Thursday, they found human remains in the river.
“Police divers located human remains in the Gwydir River near Billa Street, Yarraman,” police said.
“The remains have not yet been identified and will be sent for forensic examination. Investigators will prepare a report for the information of the NSW Coroner. “
In a statement released three days after Copeland’s disappearance, police said they saw a black hatchback drive through Moree at around 2:30 a.m. on July 10 and later found the car stuck near a bridge over the Carnarvon highway.
“Officers attempted to speak with a man at the scene, however, he allegedly fled from the police and was seen entering the Gwydir River.”
The police search resumed this week following pressure from the local community and family members who had previously criticized the police for withholding information about Copeland’s disappearance.
In the meantime, his family continued to search the shore for a sign of the young father.
In July, around 250 people marched through Moree demanding “answers” from NSW police over his disappearance.