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.