BODY FOUND: Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Jason before his death to come forward.
BODY FOUND: Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Jason before his death to come forward. Northern Rivers

Missing man's body found

POLICE believe a badly-decomposed body found in bushland on the Southern Cross University campus is that of missing man Jason McNamara.

The body, described by police yesterday as being a male person in an 'advanced state of decomposition', was found about 1.30pm on Saturday.

It was discovered some distance from the walkway that leads north from Block L uphill towards Ross Street.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

While the body has yet to be formally identified, and is now in the hands of the coroner, police are calling for witnesses who may have seen Jason prior to his disappearance.

Jason, 36, went missing from Lennox Head around April 17, and was featured on the front page of Saturday's Northern Star after his mother, Elaine McNamara, contacted the newspaper from Sydney in an appeal for help.

According to Mrs McNamara, as reported in Saturday's paper, no one had seen or heard from Jason after he attended a lecture at the university on Thursday, April 17.

No one saw him leave the grounds, his bank account had not been touched, his clothes and university text books left uncollected at the Lennox Head Beach House Backpackers Hostel, where he had been staying.

Mrs McNamara, who last spoke to Jason on April 15, didn't find out about her son's disappearance until May 8, when staff at the backpackers' hostel sent her a letter to say Jason had left his belongings there three weeks prior.

Jason lived in the area for some years during the late 1990s and was a member of the Lennox Head-Alstonville surf club. He was attending Southern Cross University at the time, studying for a degree in coastal management.

Jason returned to live at Lennox in February to continue his studies at the university's school of education.

Lecturer Ryan Carter remembered seeing Jason the morning he disappeared attending a lecture.

Mrs McNamara said that her son was loving his studies and was keen to travel to India to teach the underprivileged.

Jason was 180cm tall, with short brown/blond hair and blue eyes.

People with any information on Jason's death should call Lismore detectives on 6626 0599.


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