Two men bushwalking
within the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden found the remains more than
150m off a walking trail and alerted authorities last weekend (Saturday
23 March 2019).
crime scene was established, and a search of the area conducted, which
turned up a bag containing gardening tools.
forensic examination, on Friday 29 March 2019, it was confirmed to
investigators the body was that of Mrs Gaida Coote, who was last
seen in the garden’s car park on Wednesday 3 December 2014.
Mrs Coote – who
was 84 at the time of her disappearance – had been a regular visitor
to the park as a volunteer with a plant regeneration group.
search for Mrs Coote began when her car was noticed still parked at
the gardens two days later.
involved dozens of searchers including local police, the Police
Rescue Unit, the Police Dog Unit, the police airwing PolAir, Mounted
Police, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NP&WS) and volunteers
from the State Emergency Service (SES) and Rural fire Service (RFS).
prepared a report for the information of the NSW Coroner.