WA body identified as missing Alstonville man
By HELEN JACK email@example.com THE mystery surrounding the disappearance of Alstonville man Paul Lubrano has been solved.
Mr Lubrano was reported missing by his wife in March, 2002. Western Australian police, who discovered the remains of a man in a tent at Karalee Dam near Southern Cross in November, 2005, confirmed yesterday the remains were that of Mr Lubrano.
Mr Lubrano, 44 at the time of his disappearance, was known to enjoy travelling and spending time in the bush.
There was no identification found on his body. An autopsy failed to determine the cause of Mr Lubrano’s death, however, a police spokesperson said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Police were able to identify the body as that of Mr Lubrano after they received a tip-off in the middle of last year.
With that information, and an investigation of dental records and DNA tests, WA police were able to confirm the body as that of Mr Lubrano.
Mr Lubrano was last seen by his family when he left home at Alstonville in November, 2001.
It was customary for Mr Lubrano to travel extensively throughout Australia.
He always maintained contact with his family but when his wife stopped receiving communication from him and was unable to contact him she became worried. She reported him missing in March, 2002.
The Northern Star was unable to contact Mr Lubrano’s family last night because they were visiting the site where he was found in Western Australia.
Each year in Australia 30,000 people are reported missing. More than 95 per cent are located within a month, but there still remains the devastating impact on their family and friends.