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Man's body found

Friday, 15th March, 2013

William ‘Brian’ Coles was found dead in his car, 70km from Broken Hill yesterday. William ‘Brian’ Coles was found dead in his car, 70km from Broken Hill yesterday.

By Kurtis J Eichler

One of two elderly men who went missing after going on an outback day trip has been found dead.

A grazier on a property in remote country near Euriowie, about 70km north of Broken Hill, found the white 1993 Holden Jackaroo four-wheel-drive they were travelling in down in a valley yesterday at 1.45pm.

William 'Brian' Coles, 78, and his travelling companion Raymond 'Gus' Davis, 81, had stayed at the vehicle but Mr Coles had died.

Mr Davis was treated by paramedics and taken to Broken Hill Hospital where he is in a stable condition.

Detectives, officers and forensics are investigating the cause of Mr Coles' death.

The search for the men resumed yesterday at 7am, focusing on a number of areas around Corona Station where the men were heading.

SES volunteers, chartered planes, a fixed wing plane, police and pastoralists scoured the dry and rugged country for the two Blende Street residents.

They had left home about 9am on Tuesday for what was meant to be a day trip.

Mr Coles' granddaughter Tamicka Pols yesterday told the BDT her "pop" gave his heart medication and water to Mr Davis to aid his survival on
Wednesday night.

"He was a good mate," she told the BDT.

She said her grandfather then went to sleep and "didn't wake up."

A drover in his younger days, he'd regularly go on day trips looking for rocks and minerals, Ms Pols said.

Mr Coles never travelled without a safety kit and was well equipped to handle the harsh conditions, she said.

He often wanted "to get away from everybody and be back in touch with nature," she said.

He once walked nine kilometres barefoot after quitting work as a drover.

Mr Davis' wife Val said the tragic outcome was no-one's fault.

"I don't blame them for going," she said.

"They could have gone a dozen times and nothing happen."

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