1 December 2022

Renewed call for information on anniversary of discovery of First Nations man's body in Murrumbidgee River

| Claire Fenwicke
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Murrumbidgee River

Mr Booth’s body was found in the Murrumbidgee, near Kambah Pool, in 2019. Photo: File.

This story contains the name and image of a First Nations person who is deceased.

December 1 marks three years since Nathan Booth’s remains were found in the Murrumbidgee River, six months after he was last seen by his family in June 2019.

ACT Policing and Mr Booth’s family have renewed their plea for information into the 40-year-old’s disappearance and death, and for anyone who knows something to come forward.

A statement from the family described their heartbreak and frustration as questions remained unanswered.

“When Nathan’s body was discovered on December 1st, 2019, and later in the month identified, our world stopped,” they said.

“You often hear of stories like these, but never do you think this will happen to anyone in your family.

“There are too many unanswered questions around the death of Nathan. Although the family has come to terms with the fact that Nathan is no longer here, we would like to know the truth about what really happened to Nathan.”

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Mr Booth was a father to four daughters, as well as a son, brother, uncle and cousin.

The family described how his daughters were now entering adulthood without their dad, and everything he has missed.

“He has missed out on many milestones within the family, most notable being the arrival of his grandchildren,” they said.

“We mourn the Pop we know Nathan would have been and we often wonder what things would be like if he were still with us. Nathan also was a role model and loved by all his nieces and nephews and the loss of their uncle has had a big impact on everyone.

“Nathan deserves justice, our family deserves justice. We will not stop searching for answers.

“Please help us get justice for Nathan.”

Crime Stoppers poster of Nathan Booth

Police have renewed their call for information into Nathan Booth’s disappearance and death. Photo: ACT Policing.

Police are still looking into how Mr Booth’s body ended up in the river, and how he died.

The investigation so far has not determined whether he died as a result of events that occurred before or after he entered the water.

Police would like to speak with anyone who spoke to or saw Mr Booth, or who knew of his movements or state of mind, between June and December 2019.

Police are also asking anyone who visited the Murrumbidgee River between Red Rocks Gorge and Kambah Pool Recreation Area between June and 1 December, 2019 (including bushwalkers, bike riders and kayakers), to contact police if they have any video or images, including those taken by action cameras or drones.

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“It is anticipated that a coronial hearing will be conducted in the first half of 2023. Information from the public would greatly assist the coroner in determining the manner and cause of Nathan’s death,” a police statement said.

“Any piece of information, no matter how small, could be of importance to investigators.

“Nathan’s family are anxious to know how it was that he died.”

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, and quote reference 6434580. Information can be provided anonymously.

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