POLICE will use forensic tests to determine if human remains found on a remote cattle station near Broken Hill on Sunday are those of missing Bendigo man Daniel Rosewall.
Stockmen found the remains in an isolated paddock on Wilangee cattle station.
The paddock is 70km north-west of Broken Hill and about 20km from where Mr Rosewall’s car was found abandoned two days after he was last seen in Bendigo on January 27, 2010.
Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg of Barrier Area Command at Broken Hill said Mr Rosewall was one of the missing persons police were investigating.
“We have our suspicions but we will need to wait for positive identification of whoever it is,” he said.
“There were some items found with the remains and they will also be examined.”
Detective Inspector Stoltenberg would not reveal what the items were.
Two days later the red Mazda 3 he had been driving was found by police – out of fuel and abandoned on a dirt road near Broken Hill, more than 700km from Bendigo. His mobile phone, which had a flat battery, his wallet and baseball cap were found in the car.
The keys were in the ignition.
A large-scale police search of surrounding bushland was called off after a week.
Detective Inspector Stoltenberg said the area where the remains were found on Sunday was “very isolated”.
“They were just out mustering stock and made the discovery,” he said.
“It was in an area that’s predominately sand hills, but there was also bush and grass around where the discovery was made.”
Detectives and forensic officers investigated the scene on Sunday.
The remains were transferred to a hospital in Broken Hill for further examination and will now be sent to Sydney for forensic testing.
The Rosewall family also campaigned strongly for a change in legislation and the release of a help guide after finding “black holes” in the system while trying to administer Daniel’s affairs after his disappearance.
At the launch of a new guide to managing the affairs of missing persons at the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal in Melbourne in February, Julie Rosewall said she still held on to the hope her son was alive.
David and Julie Rosewall were attending a National Missing Persons Week conference in Queensland this week and were expected to fly back to Victoria last night.
Anyone with information that might assist police inquiries is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.