Police have searched an isolated property north west of Brewarrina for the body of a man who went missing more than 12 years ago.
Maxwell Francis George was normally a resident of the Dubbo and Geurie areas. However at the time of his disappearance in March 2000, he was working as a caretaker at the 'Salvation' property 70 kilometres north-west of Brewarrina.
An initial investigation determined Mr George’s disappearance to be suspicious, but no arrest was made.
In 2012, the Western Region Unsolved Homicide Team received fresh information about the case from a member of the public via Crime Stoppers.
As a result, police launched Strike Force Roquette-2 to further investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr George’s disappearance.
Yesterday Unsolved Homicide detectives conducted an extensive search at the property “Salvation”, assisted by the Forensic Services Group, Australian Federal Police and a NSW Police Cadaver Detection Dog Team.
The search included the use of ground-penetrating radar technology and excavation equipment to comb a specific area of the property.
Western Region Unsolved Homicide Team investigator, Detective Senior Constable Aaron Greenwood said police are appealing to any member of the public who may have knowledge concerning this case.
“In particular, we are urging members of the public who have phoned Crime Stoppers with the crucial information to make contact again.”
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Roquette-2 detectives should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.