26 December 2019

Police widen Booth search area and appeal to bushwalkers, kayakers for any information

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Mr Booth’s body was found in the Murrumbidgee, near Kambah Pool. Photo: File.

WARNING: This post contains an image of a deceased Indigenous person.

ACT police are continuing to investigate the death of Canberra man Nathan Booth after his remains were positively identified earlier this month and are now appealing to the general public for any information after widening their search area.

Mr Booth’s remains were discovered by a member of the public at the beginning of December. The formal identification process took some time and it was several weeks before ACT police were able to confirm that the remains were those of Mr Booth, who had been missing since June.

He had last been positively identified in the vicinity of the Canberra Hospital.

Police said in November that while Mr Booth did not always maintain regular contact with family and friends, they were usually familiar with his whereabouts and there had been concern for his wellbeing for some months.

They were also concerned by misinformation in the community, including suggestions that he was safe and had been found. Mr Booth had not left a large digital footprint and police have said throughout the investigation that they are heavily reliant on the general public to help piece together his movements and establish what led to his disappearance and death.

Following the discovery of his remains, police had initially appealed for anyone who visited the Murrumbidgee between Red Rocks and Kambah Pool to come forward if they have information of any kind.

They have now extended their search area as they expand their investigation into Mr Booth’s death and the circumstances surrounding it. The search area now includes Kambah Pool to Pine Island.

Nathan Booth

Police are asking for the public to assist with their search for any information regarding Nathan Booth. Photo: Supplied.

Mr Booth is described as having been of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in appearance, about 179cm (5’10”) tall, with a medium build, short dark brown hair, and dark brown eyes.

Anyone who was visiting the area between June and December this year, including bushwalkers, bike riders and kayakers have been urged to contact police through CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or by calling 0457 844 917.

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