BODY FOUND

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX LUTTRELL

THE fam­ily of Ouse flood vic­tim Trevor Fos­ter is ea­ger to hold a be­lated fu­neral for the farmer, whose body is be­lieved to have been found in Mead­ow­bank Dam two years af­ter he dis­ap­peared.

On June 6, 2016, Mr Fos­ter, 81, was tend­ing to sheep at his prop­erty be­side the Ouse Bridge when he was swept away by ris­ing flood­wa­ters.

De­spite ex­ten­sive searches, his body was never found.

But Tas­ma­nia Po­lice said a body with cloth­ing match­ing that of Mr Fos­ter when he dis­ap­peared was re­cov­ered from Mead­ow­bank Dam, near El­len­dale, last Wednes­day night — about 15km from his home.

Act­ing In­spec­tor Adrian Leary said the wa­ter level at Mead­ow­bank Dam had been low­ered be­cause road­works in the area had used it as a wa­ter source, ex­pos­ing the body in a lo­ca­tion that had pre­vi­ously been searched.

Mr Fos­ter’s body was found by a lo­cal farmer and landowner who re­ported it to po­lice.

“There will be a foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion and com­par­i­son of DNA and from there the iden­tity of the body will be con­firmed and ... once that has oc­curred, the body can be re­leased to the fam­ily for burial,” Insp Leary said.

Mr Fos­ter’s nephew, world cham­pion Tas­ma­nian ax­e­man David Fos­ter, said the fam­ily would be re­lieved and there would be a fu­neral for the much-loved lo­cal. The fam­ily didn’t have a fu­neral at the time of his dis­ap­pear­ance.

“The fam­ily are go­ing to be re­lieved that they have found him, it’s all part of the clo­sure,” Mr Fos­ter said.

The body has been taken to the Royal Ho­bart Hos­pi­tal, with a re­port be­ing pre­pared for the Coro­ner.

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