Rex SUTHERLAND

Rex has been missing since 1978 when he failed to return from a photographic trip to the Grampians in Victoria.

 

Police probe Grampians bone mystery

Posted Thu Sep 23, 2004 12:55pm AEST - ABC

A forensic anthropologist has been called in to examine what are believed to be human bones found in Victoria's Grampians over the weekend.

The remains were discovered by a group of school students from Bendigo and has raised speculation they could belong to a Melbourne photographer who went missing more than 25 years ago.

Photographer Rex Sutherland sparked a major search in 1978 when he failed to return from a photographic trip in the area.

However Detective Senior Constable John Bongiourno says it is far to early to make any assumption.

"At this stage we have a number of files which are of interest to us in relation to this matter," he said.

"However, until the examination is conducted, it is too early to speculate on which missing person's file we may exactly be looking at."

 

Grampians bones remain a mystery

Posted Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:36pm AEDT - ABC

Police say human remains found by Bendigo students three years ago in the Grampians, in south-west Victoria, might not be as old as first thought.

Police had believed the remains might be those of missing Melbourne photographer Rex Sutherland, who disappeared in the 1970s, or Ballarat bushwalker Peter White, who disappeared in the 1980s.

But Senior Detective John Bongiorno says a sports shoe found with the body was made in Australia in 1992.

He says no missing persons reported in the Grampians from that date are unaccounted for and detectives are seeking more help from the public.

He says with no missing persons reported in the Grampians from that date, detectives have little other information to go on.

"All we've got basically through the DNA or examination of the bones, is that basically we are looking at a Caucasian male, probably around late 20s to 30s," he said.