The Police search included the use of ground-penetrating radar
technology and excavation equipment to comb a specific area of the property.
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Friday, March 17, 2000
Year of birth:
Maxwell George, aged 47, was last seen at his property in Brewarrina NSW
on 17 March 2000. He has not been seen or been in contact with friends
or family since.
If you have any information that may assist Police, please contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Tremain has no case to answer: coroner
Dubbo man Gordon Tremain does not have a case to
answer in relation to the disappearance of Maxwell George,
despite police allegations he was responsible for Mr George’s
death, an inquest has found.
Mr Tremain’s wife, Audrey, yesterday finished
giving evidence during the final day of the week-long inquest
held at Dubbo Coroner’s Court, but Mr Tremain himself did not
take the stand.
Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon said the
evidence presented to him this week suggested Mr and Mrs Tremain
had taken advantage of their alleged business partner Maxwell
George “in a financial sense” prior to his death.
Furthermore, he said the evidence suggested the
Tremains “acted to take advantage” of Mr George after his death.
However, deputy State Coroner MacMahon said it
was not for him to make any formal findings on the issue.
When handing down his findings, Deputy State
Coroner MacMahon said Mr George was stranded at Mr Tremain’s
property ‘Salvation’, near Brewarrina, when he went missing in
The area experienced heavy rainfall at that time
and the property was waterlogged, making it inaccessible to
vehicles, the court heard.
The inquest also heard that Mr George, a paranoid
schizophrenic, had missed one of his fortnightly injectable
medications, which could have contributed to his death.
Mr Tremain drove to ‘Salvation’ on March 25 and
reported Mr George missing to police the next day.
Mr MacMahon said Mr Tremain knew Mr George was
He found that Mr Tremain could have contacted the
State Emergency Service (SES) to check on the then-48-year-old
earlier, when the property experienced heavy rain.
However, he said there was no basis to suggest Mr
Tremain’s failure to contact the SES was a “proximate cause” of
The last known contact with Mr George was on
The coroner found that he died some time after
“There is no evidence which physically ties the
disappearance of Mr George to Mr Tremain,” deputy State Coroner
“What caused his death? We do not know.
“There are a number of possibilities.”
He said it was possible Mr George experienced
delusions when he was stranded at ‘Salvation’ and “did something
that resulted in his death”.
Mr George was killed trying to walk out of the
property, or had a work-related accident.
Mr and Mrs Tremain declined to comment yesterday
after the coroner announced his findings.
Police search property for body of missing man
Police have searched an isolated property north west of Brewarrina
for the body of a man who went missing more than 12 years ago.
Maxwell Francis George was normally a resident of the Dubbo and
Geurie areas. However at the time of his disappearance in March
2000, he was working as a caretaker at the 'Salvation' property
70 kilometres north-west of Brewarrina.
An initial investigation determined Mr George’s disappearance to
be suspicious, but no arrest was made.
In 2012, the Western Region Unsolved Homicide Team received
fresh information about the case from a member of the public via
As a result, police launched Strike Force Roquette-2 to further
investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr George’s
Yesterday Unsolved Homicide detectives conducted an extensive
the property “Salvation”, assisted by the Forensic Services
Group, Australian Federal Police and a NSW Police Cadaver
Detection Dog Team.
The search included the use of ground-penetrating radar
technology and excavation equipment to comb a specific area of
Western Region Unsolved Homicide Team investigator, Detective
Senior Constable Aaron Greenwood said police are appealing to
any member of the public who may have knowledge concerning this
“In particular, we are urging members of the public who have
phoned Crime Stoppers with the crucial information to make
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Roquette-2
detectives should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Missing for 12 years: police begin excavations
Detectives have begun excavating a property in north-western NSW after
receiving an anonymous tip-off that a man who vanished from the area
more than a decade ago is buried there.
Police are using ground-penetrating radar and a cadaver dog as they
search for the body of Maxwell Francis George, who police say
disappeared in suspicious circumstances in 2000 from the rural property
about 70 kilometres north-west of Brewarrina.
Mr George, 48, was normally a resident of the Geurie and Dubbo areas,
but at the time of his disappearance he had been working as a caretaker
at a property called Salvation.
At the time of his disappearance, there had been heavy rainfall in the
area, and Salvation was waterlogged and inaccessible to vehicles.
Mr George, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had missed one of
his fortnightly doses of medication, an inquest into his death in 2008
However detectives told the inquest that police believed Mr George was
either murdered or left to perish on the property.
Now, police have returned to that property to search for his body, more
than 12 years after he was reported missing in March 2000.
Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy, from the Western Region Unsolved
Homicide Team, said someone had called Crime Stoppers recently with
information "about a possible location of where Max George was buried".
As a result of that information, police had applied for a coronial
order to return to Salvation and excavate a specific site there.
Detective Sergeant Darcy said the Australian Federal Police had
supplied ground-penetrating radar to search the property, and a
cadaver dog also was being used at the site.
"On March 29 , the owner of that property reported Max
missing," Detective Sergeant Darcy said.
"Since that time, there have been numerous inquiries conducted by
local police, detectives from the homicide squad, and we've been
unable to locate Max."
The inquest heard that Mr George suffered from paranoid
schizophrenia but had been on medication which, when taken in the
right dosage, would keep him relatively stable.
However the court heard he had missed one of his injectable
medications, which could have contributed to his death.
The officer in charge of the investigation at the time, Detective
Senior Constable Peter Freer, told the inquest that police had a
potential suspect in mind. No charges have ever been laid over Mr
George's disappearance, and his body has never been found.
“It is my belief that Maxwell George was either murdered on the
property Salvation, or was left at the property Salvation to
perish,” Detective Senior Constable Freer said at the time.
Detective Sergeant Darcy appealed for the anonymous caller to Crime
Stoppers to contact police again.
"We want to make a public appeal to any persons who have knowledge
of Max George's whereabouts [to come forward]," he said.
"We'd also like to make an appeal to that person who contacted Crime
Stoppers with that specific information on the location of Max to
contact police again, either via Crime Stoppers or via their local
police station or contact directly the Unsolved Homicide Team."
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.