Gregory John DIAMOND
|Date of Birth:||1968|
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|Circumstances - Gregory Diamond was last seen on 26 January 1992 when he was fishing with friends at Lake Glenbawn near Scone NSW. The group returned to their boat and proceeded across the lake to their camp site. When the boat was 700 metres from shore, it was swamped by waves and overturned. Gregory began to swim for shore, however he disappeared from view. The boat drifted to shore about 6.30am when the group raised the alarm. Extensive searches by Police divers and SES failed to locate any trace of Gregory.|
Editor's note - Above is the Police account of the disappearance. Please note that the rest of the party on the boat made it ashore at approx. 11pm but the alarm was not raised until the following day. The account above of the boat floating to shore at 6:30am the following day is incorrect, I have personally read the witness statements regarding this incident.
This is a message from Greg's sister Gay who believes Greg may still be alive -
"Gregory or as I would call you Boy, we are still looking for you. If you read this I have news for you. Karina and Kelly are both mothers and you are an uncle several times. I have remarried.
I will never stop searching for you until I have answers.
your sister Gay"
IT is a man-made body of water that does not reveal its secrets easily.
The suspected drowning of popular Scone apprentice Justin Tozer has added to the mystery of Lake Glenbawn.
Within minutes of the 17-year-old failing to surface, his family and friends knew his fate.
But almost three weeks on and they are almost resigned to the fate that his body may never be recovered.
Friends and family converged last night to hold a memorial service in his honour around the boat ramp where Justin had last set foot on land.
More than 2400 people have joined a tribute page on social networking website Facebook, where scores of messages and poems have been posted.
Many have posted wishes that his body be recovered so he could be laid to rest.
And many would not have known that the deep and mysterious lake that had claimed their son, brother and mate had also claimed others who have never been seen again.
It was 18 years ago on Australia Day that Ellerston farmhand Greg Diamond, 24, disappeared after he and five others, including his fiancee, were thrown into the water after their four-metre aluminium boat was swamped.
There was never any trace found of him.
Coroner Michael Ryan found at an inquest that Mr Diamond was dead "on the balance of probabilities" and the probable cause was drowning.
Not long after, a Tamworth man was lost in the lake and his body was not recovered for a fortnight.
Locals and experts say it is the coldness of the water, the lake can be 85 metres deep in places at full capacity, and the forest of dead trees and logs under the surface that makes retrieval of the bodies difficult.
Justin failed to resurface in an area near what the locals call Cemetery Point, in about 30 metres of water.
State Emergency service Scone controller Alan Davidson said the water temperature would be less than 13 degrees in those depths.
"The colder it is the longer they are held down for," Mr Davidson said.
"There are still a lot of trees down there, anything could have happened."