Barkers Vale body found

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL and BREE PRICE

THE BODY of a 36year-old paraplegic man has been discovered in the Border Ranges National Park at Barkers Vale.

Police rescue squad officers and Kyogle State Emergency Service workers found the Kingscliff man's body in dense bushland at 3pm on Wednesday, 200 metres away from his vehicle.

A National Parks and Wildlife Service officer discovered the man's Subaru Outback 4WD on its roof at the base of a 10-metre ravine off Creegans Road, 60km north-west of Lismore, at noon on Tuesday. His wheelchair was still inside the overturned vehicle.

Police said yesterday they were not treating the death as suspicious. They also said the man's name would not be released until formal identification of the body was made.

The man's parents reported him missing on Sunday when he did not return home after a night out on Saturday.

Acting Lismore duty officer Insp Stephen Parry said the man did not have a mobile phone with him and none of his known friends or relatives had heard from him.

Acting Insp Parry also said the man's family was particularly concerned for his welfare as he did not have his medication or medical equipment with him when he disappeared.

Police are preparing a report on the man's death for the coroner.



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