In­quest sus­pended for miss­ing man

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A CORONER has sus­pended an in­quest into the death of a NSW man af­ter it was re­vealed his friends had spotted him work­ing in Air­lie Beach.

Matthew Shirv­ing­ton, 28, is sus­pected of fak­ing his own sui­cide af­ter he went miss­ing from his Cooma home in June last year.

Two Air­lie Beach businesses have con­firmed Mr Shirv­ing­ton worked for them last year un­der the name Char­lie Thomp­son.

It is be­lieved he worked in a restau­rant for a short pe­riod of time be­fore leav­ing to work in a cafe.

The cafe owner said Mr Shirv­ing­ton "walked out" af- ter about a week at the busi­ness. "That was in De­cem­ber," the owner said.

The cafe owner said he hadn't heard "a word" from the man since then.

A NSW Coroners Court spokesman saidthe in­quest into Mr Shirv­ing­ton's death had been ter­mi­nated this week af­ter two school friends spotted him work­ing at the Air­lie Beach cafe last De­cem­ber.

"It was over very quickly," the spokesman said.

"He was alive so there's no ver­dict for the in­quest."

NSW po­lice are ap­peal­ing for any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about Mr Shirv­ing­ton to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000. A NSW po­lice me­dia spokesper­son said Mr Shirv­ing­ton fled the Air­lie Beach cafe af­ter one of his friends tried to make con­tact with him.

Po­lice searched Air­lie ex­ten­sively af­ter the sight­ing was re­ported but found no trace of Mr Shirv­ing­ton, the spokesper­son said.

His car was found fac­ing Ben­gello Beach, on the NSW south coast, af­ter he first went miss­ing.

Empty al­co­hol bot­tles and a sus­pected sui­cide note that said "I'm sorry" were found in the car, along with Mr Shirv­ing­ton's iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

MISS­ING MAN: Matthew Shirv­ing­ton, 28, has been miss­ing from his Cooma home since June last year.

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