Re­mains of long miss­ing Aus­tralian man found

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

BURNABY, B.C. — The re­mains of an Aus­tralian man have been found nearly seven years af­ter he dis­ap­peared in south­east­ern Bri­tish Columbia. The pro­vin­cial coro­ner’s ser­vice says Owen Rooney was 24 years old when he was last seen at a hospi­tal in Grand Forks, where he left his be­long­ings on Aug. 14, 2010. It’s be­lieved the elec­tri­cian was hitch­hik­ing back to his home in Kelowna af­ter vis­it­ing the Sham­bala music fes­ti­val near Salmo. Mem­bers of Grand Forks Search and Res­cue Unit were on a train­ing ex­er­cise last month when they found what they be­lieved to be hu­man re­mains near Hardy Moun­tain. The coro­ner’s ser­vice says the re­mains have been iden­ti­fied as Rooney’s and it is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing what caused his death.

The ser­vice says po­lice and search-and-res­cue teams never gave up try­ing to dis­cover what had hap­pened to Rooney.

His fam­ily spent more than six months in Canada look­ing for him.

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