Missing man found dead in SA outback
31-07-2011 | Source | ABC News
A body believed to be that of missing Victorian man Jason Richards has been found about one kilometre from his abandoned car in the South Australian outback.
South Australian police say a body found in scrub in the Glendambo area, north-west of Adelaide, on Saturday afternoon is believed to be that of Mr Richards.
But they say that will not be confirmed until a post-mortem examination has been carried out.
Police say there appears to be no suspicious circumstances but they are still unsure of what led Mr Richards into the bush.
His car had sustained heavy damage from driving on rough tracks, and his food and water supplies were still in the vehicle.
The disappearance of Mr Richards, 28, was declared a major crime after he failed to arrive in his home town of Ballarat after leaving Darwin in June.
The search for the father of two was called off last week after repeated aerial searches turned up no confirmed sightings.
Mr Richards' family last heard from him on June 20 when he called from Coober Pedy, where he was spending the night.
The man's burnt-out boat was found on a track near Pimba, south of Woomera, in June, and his pet dog turned up south-east of Glendambo about two-and-a-half weeks ago.
On Friday afternoon, a fox shooter discovered Mr Richards' ute in scrub about 10 kilometres south of Glendambo.
Family and friends of Mr Richards have been staying in the region, carrying out their own searches.
Shortly before the body was found, a friend of Mr Richards, Beck Vermeend, said police should have done more.
"I think it's been pretty disgusting up until now, they could've searched a bit longer," he said.
"For someone to randomly find the ute not far from where the dog was found is a bit ridiculous."
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