Australia MAXWELL GEORGE: Missing from Brewarrina, NSW - 17 March 2000 - Age 47


Maxwell George, aged 47, was last seen at his property in Brewarrina on 17 March 2000. He has not been seen or been in contact with friends or family since.
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Police search for body of missing man
Robyn Herron
Posted: Wednesday 6 February 2013 at 7:15am

Police have searched a property in the state's north west for the body of a man who went missing more than 12 years ago. Maxwell Francis George, who was normally a resident of the Dubbo and Geurie areas, was last known to be working as caretaker at the 'Salvation' property near Brewarrina in March 2000.

Detective Inspector Jason Darcy from the Unsolved Homicide Team says a member of the public has approached police in the past few months with new information about the missing 48 year old.

He says homicide detectives have used ground-penetrating radar and excavation equipment to search the property.

"Unfortunately we weren't able to local Mr George's remains," he said.

"We currently are conducting further enquires as a result of the information. "What we wish to do is make a plea for that person who contacted Crimestoppers with that specific information to re-establish contact."

Mr Darcy says police have not ruled out further searches. "There are plans underway for further searches.

"There's a number of lines of enquiry that have been re-opened in this matter and they're going to be conducted over the next three or four days."


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Missing for 12 years: police begin excavations
By Megan Levy February 6, 2013

Detectives have begun excavating a property in north-western NSW after receiving an anonymous tip-off that a man who vanished from the area more than a decade ago is buried there.

Police are using ground-penetrating radar and a cadaver dog as they search for the body of Maxwell Francis George, who police say disappeared in suspicious circumstances in 2000 from the rural property about 70 kilometres north-west of Brewarrina.

Mr George, 48, was normally a resident of the Geurie and Dubbo areas, but at the time of his disappearance he had been working as a caretaker at a property called Salvation.

At the time of his disappearance, there had been heavy rainfall in the area, and Salvation was waterlogged and inaccessible to vehicles.

Mr George, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had missed one of his fortnightly doses of medication, an inquest into his death in 2008 heard.

However detectives told the inquest that police believed Mr George was either murdered or left to perish on the property.

Now, police have returned to that property to search for his body, more than 12 years after he was reported missing in March 2000.

Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy, from the Western Region Unsolved Homicide Team, said someone had called Crime Stoppers recently with information "about a possible location of where Max George was buried".

As a result of that information, police had applied for a coronial order to return to Salvation and excavate a specific site there.

Detective Sergeant Darcy said the Australian Federal Police had supplied ground-penetrating radar to search the property, and a cadaver dog also was being used at the site.
"On March 29 [2000], the owner of that property reported Max missing," Detective Sergeant Darcy said.

"Since that time, there have been numerous inquiries conducted by local police, detectives from the homicide squad, and we've been unable to locate Max."

The inquest heard that Mr George suffered from paranoid schizophrenia but had been on medication which, when taken in the right dosage, would keep him relatively stable.
However the court heard he had missed one of his injectable medications, which could have contributed to his death.

The officer in charge of the investigation at the time, Detective Senior Constable Peter Freer, told the inquest that police had a potential suspect in mind. No charges have ever been laid over Mr George's disappearance, and his body has never been found.

“It is my belief that Maxwell George was either murdered on the property Salvation, or was left at the property Salvation to perish,” Detective Senior Constable Freer said at the time.

Detective Sergeant Darcy appealed for the anonymous caller to Crime Stoppers to contact police again.

"We want to make a public appeal to any persons who have knowledge of Max George's whereabouts [to come forward]," he said.

"We'd also like to make an appeal to that person who contacted Crime Stoppers with that specific information on the location of Max to contact police again, either via Crime Stoppers or via their local police station or contact directly the Unsolved Homicide Team."

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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