Body found, 3 charged

THREE IN COURT AF­TER YET-TO-BE-IDEN­TI­FIED BODY FOUND AT CO­BRAM EAST

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - Full story, page 5.

Three peo­ple ap­peared in court yes­ter­day charged with mur­der af­ter a body was dis­cov­ered in the search for miss­ing Shep­par­ton man Umit Bo­lat.

Po­lice said a yet-to-be-iden­ti­fied body was found at Co­bram East, near Dick’s Is­land, about 3 pm yes­ter­day.

Two men aged 29 and 26, from Lem­nos, and an Ard­mona woman, 44, were ar­rested and later charged with mur­der.

The de­vel­op­ment comes al­most two months af­ter Mr Bo­lat was last seen alive on Au­gust 12 in the vicin­ity of Wyndham St, Shep­par­ton.

Three peo­ple faced court yes­ter­day charged with mur­der af­ter a body was found in the search for a Shep­par­ton man miss­ing for al­most two months.

The search for Umit Bo­lat, 45, had ramped up in the past week af­ter he was re­ported miss­ing on Au­gust 21.

Po­lice said a yet-to-be-iden­ti­fied body was recovered by po­lice divers at Co­bram East, near Dick’s Is­land, about 3 pm yes­ter­day.

Two men aged 29 and 26, from Lem­nos, and an Ard­mona woman, 44, were ar­rested and later charged with mur­der.

The de­vel­op­ment came al­most two months to the day af­ter Mr Bo­lat was last seen alive on Au­gust 12 in the vicin­ity of Wyndham St in Shep­par­ton.

Two days later, his dis­tinc­tive yel­low ute was found in the car park of a Be­nalla Rd su­per­mar­ket with the keys still in the ig­ni­tion.

On Wed­nes­day, po­lice swooped on a num­ber of prop­er­ties in their search for Mr Bo­lat.

Last week, po­lice held a me­dia con­fer­ence and said Mr Bo­lat’s dis­ap­pear­ance was sus­pi­cious and they feared he was dead.

The fol­low­ing day, the Po­lice Air Wing was in Shep­par­ton on pa­trol as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Mr Bo­lat was a long-term res­i­dent in the Shep­par­ton and Tatura area, how­ever he had no fixed place of ad­dress at the time of his dis­ap­pear­ance and was known to sleep in his ute.

His sis­ter re­ported him miss­ing on Au­gust 21 af­ter he missed sev­eral ap­point­ments.

Po­lice said Mr Bo­lat was not known to have any as­so­ciates out­side the Shep­par­ton area and had not kept any reg­u­lar bank­ing or med­i­cal ap­point­ments.

Miss­ing: Umit Bo­lat was last seen alive on Au­gust 21 in Shep­par­ton.

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