Missed location of body: Australian police Google Maps blunder

A missing Australian’s body could have been found 18 months earlier if searchers had not depended on wrong Google Maps information, a coroner has said.

Darrell Simon, 46, was most recently seen in November 2014 at his accomplice’s home about 80km (50 miles) west of Brisbane.

Hunt teams scoured Mr Simon’s adjacent country property at the time, yet his remaining parts were not found there until May 2016. His demise was ruled a suicide.

A printed guide utilized by police demonstrated off base limits on the property.

It implied that seek volunteers secured just about portion of Mr Simon’s property in Laidley Creek West, said Queensland appointee state coroner John Lock.

“The reality the ground seek was led over just a large portion of the property was extremely remorseful and ought not have occurred,” he said in his report finished a month ago.

The postponement in discovering Mr Simon’s body had “intensified the despondency felt by his family and companions, especially his dad”, Mr Lock composed.

It had likewise fuelled hypothesis that Mr Simon had been the casualty of treachery, conceivably including a contradiction over cash.

“One miracles if Darrell’s body was found amid the primary police look… regardless of whether such unhelpful and now and again unmistakably abusive and untruthful hypothesis would have even surfaced,” the report said.

Mr Lock noted, in any case, that thick vegetation may even now have kept Mr Simon’s body from being found if an inquiry had occurred.

His remaining parts were at last found by the property’s resulting proprietors, following a time of dry season and the clearing of vegetation.

The coroner’s report noticed that Google Maps was “less useful” in deciding the property’s limits than different instruments accessible to police.

Mr Lock prescribed that police be requested to lead future hunts by utilizing amazing GPS and mapping information, and enhance their correspondences with pursuit volunteers.

Queensland police had officially found a way to address the two suggestions, the coroner was told.

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