Body found in Richmond near Coraki

By Nerida Blok

Police are treating as suspicious the death of a man whose body was found in the Richmond River near Coraki yesterday morning.

Police yesterday said they had been unable to identify the man, discovered by dredge operators floating in the river four kilometres south of Coraki about 7.45am.

The body, which was retrieved by police rescue squad officers, was estimated to have been in the river for up to a week.

SES volunteers spent the morning searching the river for clues.

Police said they had checked to see if anyone had been reported missing on the Northern Rivers recently, but none had.

The discovery has sparked intense curiousity in the town.

Felicity Jenkins, owner of 5Star Supermarket said everyone was curious.

She said it sounded terrible, but all the people in Coraki wanted to know who the person was and what had happened to them.

"They all have their theories," she said.

Nearby farmers Stan and Lynnette Gollan, were shocked to hear a body had been found in the water so close to their home.

Mrs Gollan said she had heard one of the dredge operators call out in the morning while she was in the shed.

However, Mr Gollan said it wasn't until media arrived at his property later in the morning that they knew about the body.

"It's not very nice to have it on your doorstop," he said.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out on the body over the next few days at a Sydney morgue.

Anyone with information should call Lismore Police on 66231599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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