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Body of missing man found

Body of missing man found

Police identified body as Balranald man Andrew Bruton

The body of a missing man has been found following a five-day search in the state’s Murray region.

At about 5.15pm yesterday (Tuesday 10 September), members of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association Inc (VRA) located a body in the Murrumbidgee River approximately 400m from the missing person’s campsite.

According to police, the body was formally identified as being that of missing Balranald man Andrew Bruton, aged 42, who was last seen in Balranald about 6.30pm Tuesday (3 September 2019).

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Officers attached to Barrier Police District attended the scene.

A search effort was coordinated by Barrier Police District and utilised resources including a Dog Unit handler, Police Diving Unit members, VRA, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW State Emergency Service operatives.

Police commenced an aerial search on Tuesday (10 September 2019) with the assistance of a Drone Operator from Broken Hill, and the VRA were tasked with ongoing patrols of the river twice daily.

Inspector Darren Brand from the Barrier Police District that "We're very grateful for what has been a very significant contribution and very much a team and community effort from those local community emergency services units."

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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