Aboriginal Missing Persons
Before starting this page I consulted with some Aboriginal Elders to make sure they were happy with this idea. They felt it was a good idea, and my intention is to make this respectful and informative so the Aboriginal communities all over Australia can become aware of those that are missing and victims of Homicide, and help to reunite loved ones.
If you know of an Aboriginal person who needs to be included here please do let me know!
*Aboriginal persons please be advised this page contains images of people who may be deceased.
I have carefully considered this serious concern and have also spoken with the Elders about it and they are aware of it, and have given me their blessing. They understand and support the idea behind the page and that is to locate the missing and bring them back to their communities.
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Anne RICHARDSON John Jackaboy WATERS Francis KOLUMBOORT
Lateesha NOLAN Colleen WALKER Rose HOWELL KarenWILLIAMS Petronella ALBERT Elizabeth BARLOW
Jasmine MORRIS Margaret THORNE Donelle NEWBERRY
Spider GADUBIDI Richard MILGIN Christopher BODNEY Christen FOGARTY Victor Moore Lester LEE
Randolph LITTLE Alfred DREW Simon DOOLAN Trevor LANKIN David Keighran Peter JOHNSON
Neville RICHARDS Liam BRADY Johnathon CHARLIE Joe WEAZEL Michael LUI Andrew RUSSELL
Anthony EURA (Photo unavailable)
Aloysious HAYES (Photo unavailable)
Clinton Speedy Duroux
Kristy Lee Scholes
Kristy Lee Williams
Barry Port, 70, spent three days and nights searching for any sign of Mr Schuler in what he described as some of the most difficult country and conditions he had ever known.
The Mareeba miner was last seen alive about 10.30am last Monday while in a verbal stoush with a local grazier.
Three fellow miners fossicking with Mr Schuler about a kilometre from the Palmerville station homestead reported hearing two gunshots. But even Mr Port's hunt for blood, clothing and tracks was not enough.
He said the extreme difficulty of picking up an old trail was made harder by debris scattered by the down-draught of searching helicopters.
"It's hard country to track in," said Mr Port, who joined the Queensland Police in Coen in 1981. "It's very hilly.
"There are lots of broken trees and limbs. They've had the choppers overhead for days, which threw me off.
"I could not find any signs to follow. We were looking for bootprints, bits of clothing, his pick, shovel or metal detector, stuff like that."
Two helicopters have been deployed as part of the search involving 15 police, SES crews and stock squad officers on horseback and quad bikes.
Mr Port's unique tracking skills are a dying art.
The Lama Lama elder is the final link in the historical chain of indigenous police acclaimed for their skills in finding people lost or hiding in the scrub from famous cases such as tracking down Ned Kelly, to uncovering secret drug crops or missing bushwalkers.
Coen police's Sergeant Frank Falappi, who works closely with Mr Port, said the tracker, one of three once based in Coen, was impressive to watch.
"It is a pity no one is following in his footsteps," he said yesterday.
"I haven't seen anyone his age move as quickly over country as he does.
"It is amazing what he can see in the landscape. He can see human and animal tracks in the bush that are almost impossible for us to make out, even when he shows us up close. It is a dying art and a terrible shame the tradition of police tracking not be continued."
Mr Port is the last Queenslander to wear the police tracker badge and epaulets.