Fam­ily knows son is dead In­quest on lost Isa man

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

A CORO­NER will try to de­ter­mine what hap­pened to a miss­ing Mount Isa teen who is be­lieved to have been killed on a re­mote cat­tle sta­tion.

North­ern Coro­ner Jane Bent­ley will con­sider the cir­cum­stances of Kyle Jack Coleman’s dis­ap­pear­ance last year, with the first pre- in­quest con­fer­ence sched­uled to be con­ducted in Cairns on Au­gust 26.

Kyle’s fam­ily have never given up hope of find­ing their loved one but have no doubt that he is dead.

They pushed for the in­quest to be heard as soon as pos­si­ble.

In May, Kyle’s fa­ther Rob Coleman told the Bul­letin that he be­lieved an in­quest could fi­nally pro­vide them an­swers to their many ques­tions.

Mr Coleman said he was pleased the in­quest would be start­ing soon. “It’s our best hope,” he said. Kyle, 17, and his friend, James Coleman ( no re­la­tion), had trav­elled north­west from Mount Isa to go camp­ing and hunt­ing on Undilla Sta­tion.

The teenager was last seen alive at the re­mote sta­tion on Fe­bru­ary 21 last year.

He was re­ported miss­ing the fol­low­ing day by James, who told po­lice Kyle had left his Skewes St house in Sol­diers Hill to walk the 3km to his Park­side home.

But Kyle never made it home and, just days later, James was found dead at the Skewes St ad­dress. A mas­sive land and air search, cov­er­ing hun­dreds of square kilo­me­tres, failed to find any trace of Kyle.

The search was even­tu­ally called off and a re­port was com­piled for the coro­ner.

The Coleman fam­ily con­tin­ued their search, with Mr Coleman find­ing what he be­lieved to be rem­nants of his son’s swag and doona, parts of his watch and buck­les from his back­pack on burnt ground at Undilla Sta­tion.

He says he has come to terms with the fact his son is most likely dead, but hopes to find his re­mains and give him a proper burial.

Mr Coleman also wants to find some an­swers for James’s fam­ily, say­ing the two boys were great mates.

The com­mu­nity ral­lied be­hind the fam­ily in the days, weeks and months af­ter Kyle’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

A Face­book page set up to help find Kyle has been “liked” by more than 21,000 peo­ple.

Kyle would have turned 18 last Septem­ber.

The

Bul­letin,

Au­gust 15, 2014.

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