FAM­ILY GRIEV­ING WITH­OUT AN­SWERS

‘Body in drain’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion closed

The Observer - - FRONT PAGE - An­drew Thorpe an­drew.thorpe@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

PO­LICE have closed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of South Glad­stone man Michael Cere­muga, con­clud­ing there are no signs any­one else was in­volved in his death.

Mr Cere­muga’s body was found deep in­side a storm wa­ter drain un­der­neath Glad­stone Be­naraby Rd at Toolooa on May 25 this year.

The de­ci­sion to close the in­ves­ti­ga­tion came af­ter the tox­i­col­ogy re­port from an au­topsy per­formed on his body failed to pro­vide any con­clu­sive ev­i­dence as to how he may have died.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Tony An­der­sen said the death had been ruled non-sus­pi­cious and the mat­ter was now in the hands of the state coro­ner.

“The coro­ner will re­view the file, re­view ev­ery­thing we’ve put to them, and make any de­ci­sions from there,” Snr Sgt An­der­sen said.

His fa­ther, Stan Cere­muga said the de­ci­sion to close the in­ves­ti­ga­tion with­out a cause of death would do lit­tle to bring clo­sure to his fam­ily.

“We are still just look­ing for the an­swer to what hap­pened,” he said.

“It was a shock for us. “It is for me very hard to be­lieve that Michael crawled to the place where he was found... I just can­not imag­ine Michael do­ing so.

“I have de­cided to wait for (the) coro­ner’s re­port, be­cause the coro­ner could ask po­lice for some more in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Mr Cere­muga said his son had been a known drug user, but had taken steps be­fore his death to stay off drugs.

“In Fe­bru­ary (he vis­ited) Thai­land, and in Thai­land he was scared of their po­lice’s ap­proach to drugs,” he said.

“Af­ter that he went for a trip to Japan. His ap­proach was chang­ing - he liked some­thing other than drugs.”

He said de­spite the in­ves­ti­ga­tion clos­ing, the fam­ily was ap­peal­ing for the pub­lic to come for­ward to The Ob­server with any in­for­ma­tion that could help.

“Maybe some­one’s seen some­thing, maybe he was meet­ing some peo­ple in that area,” he said.

PHOTO: PAUL BRAVEN GLA260517BODY

TRAGEDY: Mr Cere­muga’s body was re­cov­ered from a drain at Toolooa in May.

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