Authorities in Australia have found a “lost” climbing helmet that was left in a landfill for years, as part of a project to identify abandoned structures.
The Australian Climbing Helmet Initiative (ACHI) has discovered that a discarded helmet belonging to a man who died in the 1980s in Western Australia was located in a waste dump in South Australia.
It was estimated that up to 2,000 people a year were buried in the area, but the man who went missing had no family and died in a car accident before authorities ever reached him.
ACHI has since discovered that the helmet was part of an abandoned structure, and that the man’s remains were never recovered.
A total of 12 people from the area have been identified, but only one of those has been identified as the man.
“The man who disappeared from his home in 1979 had no history of illness or injuries,” ACHI spokesperson Greg McNeil said.
McNeil said it is hoped that the community can shed light on the history of the man and the area where he disappeared, and help him be identified and eventually find his way home.
Some of the areas that have been marked for abandoned structures include the Wollongong River in New South Wales, and the western suburbs of Adelaide and Melbourne.
Anyone with information is urged to contact ACHI’s Missing Persons Bureau on 1300 936 087.
Topics:missing-person,climb-and-tourism,environment,environmental-impact,environment-management,adelaide-5000,australiaFirst posted September 08, 2018 10:06:56Contact Julie FirthMore stories from Western Australia