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An inquest to investigate the death of a First Nations man whose body was found in a remote section of river has been rescheduled until 2024 to give his family time to work through the volume of information in the case.
The family of Nathan Booth believe the father of four was murdered. They last saw the 40-year-old in June 2019 before his body was found in the Murrumbidgee River near Kambah Pool on 1 December.
The hearings for the inquest had been scheduled to start this week, but the family asked to reschedule it to give them time to go through all the documents involved.
“If we want to go through the inquest, we want to make sure we’ve done all we can on our part without rushing it,” Nathan’s sister Deanne Booth said.
“Because we are getting all this information … I want to do the process properly … so when we get to the inquest, we can ask the right questions and know what we are talking about, as it is a very unique case.
“I just want to make sure we are doing the right thing by Nathan.”
While the hearings will take place next year, the family is still waiting on a date for when it will start.
Deanne did say a few people had come forward since the court made its call for information.
Nathan was a father to four daughters, as well as being a son, brother, uncle and cousin.
Previously, Deanne has told the media he had been “a loving family member”.
Nathan’s body was found below the Red Rock Gorge lookout, a relatively isolated spot.
“Everyone knows Nathan didn’t get down there on his own,” Deanne said.
“We know there’s no way Nathan went down there [by himself], did anything to himself or had an accident of any sort.”
Anyone with information to add to the case is encouraged to write to email NBinquest@courts.act.gov.au.