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NSW PRABHDEEP SRAWN: Missing from Mt. Kosciuszko, NSW - 13 May 2013 - Age 25

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by MULDER, May 15, 2015.


    MULDER Bronze Member

    16th March 2014


    Nearly a year after his disappearance, the family of missing bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn are not yet ready to give up on finding him alive

    THEY have spent almost a year and about $400,000 searching, but the family of missing bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn are still no closer to finding out what happened to the 25-year-old.

    On May 13 last year Mr Srawn parked his rental car at Charlotte’s Pass Village and set off to hike Mount Kosciuszko.

    But whether he made it or not may never be known with the Bond University student reported missing a week later when he failed to return his hire car.

    Speaking to the Bulletin from Toronto, Canada yesterday Mr Srawn’s cousin Ruby Singh said the Canadian Army reservist’s family would never stop searching.
    “It’s difficult being out there just waiting for news and not getting anything.
    “You kind of have to put everything on hold and it’s been extremely expensive.”
    Ms Singh said the family have been told New South Wales police will conduct a final ground search later this month now that the snow has cleared, but insisted the family would continue their private search efforts.

    “I don’t know if the final search effort means they (police) will stop looking after that, that’s just how they worded it,” she said.
    “We have hired a search manager, Martin Colwell, who is trying to pull together an operation, we have more volunteer searchers going out and the family will probably head back as well.
    “The hardest part for us is keeping people interested in helping and finding qualified people who can go into those areas a year later.”

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    MULDER Bronze Member

    To truly get a picture of what happened from the time Prabhdeep went missing - this is an interactive journal post from Scott Hannaford and Tom McIlroy on Storybuilder.
    Digital Fairfax Media Presentation.
    A must to read:

    Scroll down continuously to see the story unfold in 3D maps, videos and pictures.

    What happened to Prabhdeep Srawn.
    The missing persons sign that hung for nearly a year in the window of the emergency shelter has been taken down and police have also stopped handing out flyers to bushwalkers and skiers as they enter the national park in the desperate hope than one of them, somewhere, may stumble upon an overlooked clue to one of the biggest mysteries ever played out in the high country.
    In his upstairs office at the imposing concrete bunker of Queanbeyan Police Station, Superintendent Rod Smith is collating a file on the search for Prabhdeep Srawn. Having spent months poring over the evidence, false leads, and reems of data from the multiple state and federal agencies involved in the search, the file will soon be handed to the NSW Coroner, even though no body or any of Srawn’s possessions have been found beyond the camper.

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    MULDER Bronze Member

    22nd May 2014

    Canberra Times.

    Calls for new search for Canadian hiker Prabhdeep Srawn lost in Snowy Mountains
    A Snowy Hydro worker involved in the 2013 search for a hiker missing in Kosciuszko National Park believes authorities may have skimmed over key pieces of evidence that point to a specific area where the man may have gone off course.
    On May 22 last year, two of Mr Mulligan's colleagues were clearing access tracks around the Lady Northcotes Canyon area, when they reported over the radio they had heard a voice calling out from The Sentinel, a steep peak above.
    "There were so many coincidences that day, we thought for sure he was going to walk out of the scrub any minute and we'd be loading him into the back of the car."
    "It all points to the face of Sentinel, and if they did it properly - get a heap of people and sweep down that face two meters apart - then you'd be able to know for sure, but I don't think they'll find him unless they take another look at Sentinel," Mr Mulligan said.

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    Back country skier Andrew Barnes looks out towards The Sentinel. Photo: Scott Hannaford

    Helicopter lands 2nd search - where voices were heard.jpg
    Supplied photos of a rescue helicopter landing near the Siren Song Tunnel, Kosciuszko, to investigate reports
    of voices being heard in the May 2013 search for missing hiker Prabhdeep Srawn. Photo: Terry Mulligan

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    6th June 2014

    By: Ricky French - Special to the Star

    How did a Brampton hiker just vanish in the Australian bush?
    Prabh Srawn wasn’t the only person leaving Charlotte Pass for a late autumn hike on May 14, 2013. Four friends, led by Tom Batty, set out to complete the same loop that Srawn was intending to do, just a couple of hours after the Canadian. As well as taking proper clothing and provisions, they took a video camera.

    From the footage the full extent of the blizzard is revealed. The men start walking in fine conditions, but by the early afternoon snow is driving into their faces, and a freezing wind is whipping up the valley. Sticking to the Main Range Track, the party takes shelter in Seaman’s Hut, the lone refuge on the tops, and waits out the storm until the next day. They saw no sign of Srawn. How close they came to him we may never know.
    An early clue during the initial search last winter seemed to confirm this. A plastic water bottle was found on a track called Hannels Spur, a tough, overgrown route through the Western Fall, which Jarvis describes as the worst track in Australia. It connects the Main Range with the Geehi Flats — a popular campground — in a valley to the west.
    Finding the water bottle appeared to be a huge breakthrough. The bottle was from an underwater diving company called Pro Dive Cairns. A quick check revealed that Srawn had been diving in the popular North Queensland resort town of Cairns the previous December. Hopes soared that this would lead searchers to Srawn, possibly still alive in the bush.
    It didn’t. Further investigation revealed it wasn’t the same diving company Srawn had used.
    Read all at link above

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    Dave Jarvis atop Mount Townsend.

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    MULDER Bronze Member

    Help Find Prabh Facebook Page:

    There is very little news now, if not at all, coming through about further searches and volunteers looking for clues as to what happened.
    I keep an eye out at the NSW Coroners Court in case there is any news there news there...
    Inquests - http://www.coroners.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/upcoming_inquests.aspx

    This month (May 2015) on the 13th, was the 2nd year passed, and Prabh has not been found.

    Sending prayers and strength, hope and thoughts to the family of Prabhdeep Srawn, his friends and those who took part in the searches, that one day he will be found.
    Hopefully news will come sooner than later.

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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    A BIG thankyou for putting this thread together for Prabh !! Brilliant job Mulder!!
  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn disappearance in Kosciuszko: coroner highlights need for education

    While Mr Srawn was inadequately prepared for the hike, the inquest heard that the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service website had featured inaccurate information about the Main Range Trail - the walk that Mr Srawn was believed to have been considering.

    The site reportedly indicated that it was a 12.5-kilometre, 4.5-hour walk when it was actually a 22-kilometre, eight- to nine-hour walk.

    There was also evidence of a need for more walk preparation information on the website given its "trusted position in the field", including better links to weather details.

    Ms Grahame concluded that there was a need for "further educational campaigns to warn visitors about the preparations they need".

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  8. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff


    Missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn declared dead by NSW coroner

    26 Jun 2015, 11:35am

    The New South Wales Coroner's Court has declared Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn dead, two years after he went missing in the Snowy Mountains.

    The coronial inquest classified Mr Srawn's death as misadventure, given he was inadequately prepared to face the harsh weather conditions in the Snowy Mountains

    During the inquest, the Coroner's Court heard the weather was calm the morning Mr Srawn had set out on the trail, but by midday a snowstorm had descended on the mountain.

    Coroner Harriet Grahame found he died on or in the days after May 14, 2013.

    His family chose not to travel from Canada to attend the inquest, and appeared to indicate he could still be alive, sending a statement that ended with the words "miracles do happen".

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  9. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    How sad! Doesn't a person have to be missing five or seven years or something like that in the states in order to request them to be declared dead? I think you do.
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  11. MULDER

    MULDER Bronze Member

    Here is the link to the PDF of the Coroners Findings:

    http://www.coroners.justice.nsw.gov.au/Documents/Prabhdeep Srawn Findings.pdf

    Extract from Page 20 (78)
    “Nobody has evidence to proof (sic) that our beloved Prabh is not alive but we are aware that there is a massive area not explored so far.
    Our belief and conviction are that Prabh is right there.
    Miracles do happen”

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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Thanks Mulder♡

    How heartbreaking for his family and loved onesn. :tears:
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  13. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Thank you Mulder for reaching out to his sister, it would have for sure given her some comfort to know that Australians do care about her brother :thankyou:
    Sad outcome.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2015
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  14. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    I'm not sure about there but here it's basically up to police. Sometimes it takes years for an inquest to be held while others are usually around 2-3 years. Depends on the circumstances and police investigations.....

    Navigating the coronial process

    A guide for families of missing persons

    When a person is missing under accidental or suspicious circumstances the Police investigating the matter may make the decision to refer the case to the coroner.

    http://www.missingpersons.gov.au/~/media/mp/files/pdfs/navigating the coronial process 2.pdf
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  15. MULDER

    MULDER Bronze Member

    I just wanted to add some things from the Coroners Report and the Findings ..
    Coroners Office NSW -
    Inquest into the disappearance and suspected death of Prabhdeep SRAWN
    PDF - http://www.coroners.justice.nsw.gov....20Findings.pdf

    Some extracts from the Report:
    Inquest: Inquest into the disappearance and suspected death of Prabhdeep SRAWN
    Hearing dates: 26-28 May 2015
    Cooma Local Court
    Date of findings: June 26 2015
    Place of findings: State Coroners Court, Glebe
    Findings of: Magistrate Harriet Grahame, Coroner
    Catchwords: Coronial Law- Missing Person -Search and Rescue Operation
    File number: 2014/104412
    Representation: Sgt Paul Bush – Coronial Law Advocate – Advocate assisting
    the Coroner Mr McDonald, solicitor- Representing the NSW National Parks
    and Wildlife Service

    Coroners Findings:
    • On the balance of probabilities, I find that Prabhdeep Srawn is dead.
    • He died on or in the days shortly after 14 May 2013 .
    • I am unable to determine the exact place of his death, however it occurred in the area of Kosciuszko National Park.
    • The exact cause of death remains unknown. However,on the balance, it appears that Prabhdeep’s death occurred by misadventure of some kind.

    • That the National Parks and Wildlife Service consider implementing better systems so that its website can be updated and corrected in a timely manner.
    • That the National Parks and Wildlife Service consider reviewing and expanding its educational material aimed at bushwalkers, both on its website and more broadly, especially in relation to the potential dangers found in the Australian Alpine conditions.
    • That the National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Police immediately investigate and consider implementing a web based trip intention lodgement system.
    • That the National Parks and Wildlife Service consider ways of expanding and publicising its PLB loan system in the Kosciuszko National Park.

    Further Extracts from the Report - (My Bolds)
    Page 17:
    62. No physical evidence has been found in the area it is believed Prabh was bushwalking in despite an extensive land and air search.

    63. Extensive inquiries made by police (56) indicate that there has been no subsequent administrative activity which might indicate Prabh is still alive.
    There is for example no recorded movement out of the country, no relevant bank activity, no traffic or police records or anything of that nature.
    There have been no credible sightings.

    64. More importantly, Prabh’s family and friends have had no contact. Given the close relationships he had, it is inconceivable that he would not have
    contacted his loved ones, if he were able to.

    65. It should be stated, there is certainly no evidence to suggest that Prabh may have committed suicide.
    He had no history of depression or mental health issues. He had no known medical problems. He was actively making plans for his future,
    paying his University fees and planning a trip to Adelaide.
    His flatmates were expecting to hear from him shortly to collect him from the airport so that that he could commence the next University term.
    At the Inquest, his friend Carl Mannix, described Prabh as friendly and positive.
    He seemed in good spirits and was happy and looking towards the future.
    There is just no evidence to suggest a self-inflicted death. In my view, suicide can be safely ruled out.

    66. There is also no evidence that Prabh’s disappearance was suspicious or that he
    may have met with random foul play.

    67. Equally, there is nothing to even hint at the possibility of a planned disappearance, rather all the available evidence points to a tragic encounter
    with bad weather and rugged terrain.

    78. However, I understand from a short submission made to the Inquest from the Srawn family that at least some members of the family still believe Prabh may be
    alive. They do not appear to accept that Prabh has perished even now, two years after his disappearance, stating “Nobody has evidence to proof (sic) that our
    beloved Prabh is not alive but we are aware that there is a massive area notexplored so far. Our belief and conviction are that Prabh is right there. Miracles do happen”.
    Unfortunately, the family did not attend the Inquest and so their participation was limited. However, I have considered their written submission
    carefully and while I find their obvious love for Prabh and their absolute commitment to finding him most admirable, I am unable, on the evidence
    presented to share their view that Prabh could now be found alive.

    79. Given the seriousness and finality of finding that a person is dead, proof of this issue “must be clear, cogent and exact” before a finding can be made.
    The evidence in Prabh’s case reaches this threshold. While heartbreaking for his family, I am satisfied to the requisite standard that Prabh has perished somewhere
    in the Kosciuszko National Park. While his body has never been located, I am of the view, on the balance of probabilities that it is comfortably established that
    Prabhdeep Srawn is indeed dead.

    80. It appears clear to this Court that if Prabh could have returned, he would have. If injury or illness hampered him to such a degree that he has not been able to make
    contact over the last two years, those same injuries will have prevented him surviving in the rugged terrain and bad weather, with limited or no sustenance.

    To read the full Coroners Report:
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  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Good to see he wrote suicide was ruled out. That would have added to the family's sorrow.

    Was this the same area where a man was lost in freezing temperatures this past week?
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  17. MULDER

    MULDER Bronze Member

    I'm pleased that suicide or self inflicted harm was ruled out too Kimster, and it was suggested strongly that he would not consider that.
    I'm also pleased the Coroner made those points very clear in the Report.
    I think it was so important - especially for his family and those who knew him.

    Oh, I don't know. I have not been actively Crime Watching this week - I will do some research on that.

    ETA: Was it this story?
    It was in the Snowy Mountains... (same area)
    Three Canberra hikers found after spending freezing night in NSW Snowy Mountains
    Updated 30 Jun 2015, 3:15pm
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2015
  18. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    If this is the guy you mean, the locations are a long way apart. Craigieburn is not too far north of Melbourne ,Victoria. Prabh went missing Mt. Kosciuszko, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW.

    LIEUTIER Chris, 35yrs, Craigieburn, Victoria - 5th July, 2015 *FOUND SAFE*

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  19. MULDER

    MULDER Bronze Member

    Today it has been 3 years since there was any sign of missing man Prabhdeep Srawn....


    Over the years there have been many stories written documenting the search efforts for Prabhdeep Srawn who went missing whilst on a day hike in the Mt Kosciousko area.
    As I read back through the news reports and the personal journeys of such people as Prabh's Canadian Family, the Police, searchers who flew in from Overseas such as SAR's teams
    & Canadian Reservists. Australian Hikers like Dave Jarvis, journalists Ricky French, Tom McIlroy, the summaries from the hiking search teams - and then ultimately the Coroners Report -
    many many un-named people who gave their time and efforts in the hope to bring one good man back to his family -
    3 years after the day, nothing has been found.

    Never give up searching for answers - never let the memory of Prabhdeep Srawn or the mystery of what may have happened to him, fade.
    Prabhdeep is not forgotten, nor are his family. My thoughts go out out them, and I still keep the hope that one day the answers will come.

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  20. MULDER

    MULDER Bronze Member

    Bumping this thread today ...

    There has been no recent news regarding Prabhdeep :(
    But, hope remains that one day answers will come.
    I still think of his family, and at this time of the year during the Season, my thoughts are with them.

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