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A MAN with the best of in­ten­tions and polic­ing re­sources has made for a heart­warm­ing story that has given a grieving fam­ily a small mea­sure of com­fort af­ter a har­row­ing fa­tal crash ear­lier this year.

The in­cred­i­ble story be­gan when Bay­side District Crime Preven­tion Se­nior Con­sta­ble Bren­don Winslow left his con­tact de­tails at a home se­cu­rity pre­sen­ta­tion in Wyn­num re­cently.

Glen Ford, a mem­ber of the Wyn­num Manly Ro­tary Club, phoned Snr Const Winslow for help af­ter he found an ac­cor­dion in a van he bought at auc­tion.

Mr Ford found the item in­side and checks on the ve­hi­cle found it had been in­volved in a fa­tal traf­fic crash. On a po­lice blog pub­lished this week, Snr Const Winslow said Mr Ford and his wife thought the ac­cor­dion “may hold sub­stan­tial sen­ti­men­tal value to, well, some­one – only they didn’t know who”.

Mr Ford re­cruited Snr Const Winslow to the cause, who made some phone calls and found the fa­tal crash oc­curred at Miles on the Western Downs.

“I phoned the first re­sponse of­fi­cer, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Scott Po­gan, ex­plained our lit­tle dilemma and he re­sponded in a typ­i­cal ‘out west’ man­ner,” Snr Const Winslow said.

“Oh rip­per mate. It be­longed to the poor bloke that died in the crash. The fam­ily are gunna be over the moon, ol’ mate.

“They been askin’ ’bout this thing but I ain’t never even seen it. Don’t s’pose ol’ mate also found a walk­ing cane as well?”

The crash vic­tim was iden­ti­fied as Allen Henry El­lis, 90, who died in the crash near Chin­chilla in April.

It was enough for Snr Const Winslow, who con­tacted the crash vic­tim’s next of kin, Co­ra­lyn El­lis.

On be­ing told of the discovery, Snr Const Winslow said the woman “shed tears of joy”.

“She went on to ex­plain both she and her sis­ter had tried to no avail and had all but given up hope of lo­cat­ing their fa­ther’s ac­cor­dion and walk­ing cane,” he said.

Snr Const Winslow paid trib­ute to Mr El­lis, a farmer of 70 years who at the “ripe age of 90 years old was still putting back into the com­mu­nity by at­tend­ing re­tire­ment func­tions to play his ac­cor­dion”.

“Since hav­ing put Glen and Co­ra­lyn in con­tact with each other, Glen and his wife drove to Toowoomba, where they hand-de­liv­ered the ac­cor­dion to Co­ra­lyn.

“Not only that but they re-searched the van, lo­cat­ing Mr El­lis’ walk­ing cane, and re­turned that as well.”

For Snr Const Winslow, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­union was a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment and marked “one of those days when I was happy to have gone to work”.

“I also thank you, Glen, for do­ing the right thing and bring­ing im­mense plea­sure to fam­ily mem­bers of Mr El­lis,” he said.


GREATLY MISSED: A photo of Alan El­lis taken in 2010.


Glen and Donna Ford and Co­ra­lyn El­lis.

An old photo of Mr El­lis shows him play­ing his beloved ac­cor­dion.

The ac­cor­dion found in­side the van had be­longed to Alan El­lis.

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