DNA testing to confirm identity of body washed up on a beach

UPDATE: POLICE have today indicated the body that washed up near Safety Beach on Sunday may have been the missing backpacker, who was lost in the surf at Mullaway last week.

Updating media on the gruesome discovery today Coffs Clarence Chief Inspector Peter Hayes spoke about the process that police will use to confirm the identity. 

"The body was at a stage of decomposition so visual identification won't be able to be conducted," Inspt. Hayes said.  

He said police believe it may be the 22-year-old Argentinian national, who was swept out in a rip off Mullaway Beach last Monday evening, based on the 'state of the body and the location of where it was found.' 

"We are of the belief that it is a missing backpacker, who was reported missing last Monday and we are going to have to do DNA testing to confirm the identity of that person," he said.  

The body was found by two local people walking on the beach on Sunday around noon. 

The 22-year-old has been one of three men missing at sea off the Coffs Coast this month. 

Police said there has also been no sign of two men who failed to return from a fishing trip in a boat earlier this month. 

"No there hasn't been any trace of those men," he said. 

Gruesome discovery as body found on beach

POLICE are investigating after an unidentified body was located on a Coffs Coast beach.

The body was found on the shoreline at Safety Beach, just north of the Darkum Creek inlet, on Sunday around noon, police said.

Officers attached to Coffs Clarence Police District attended and the body was retrieved with the assistance of the State Emergency Service.

The body was unable to be identified and was taken for forensic examination, police said.

The gruesome discovery comes almost a week after a massive search effort was mounted to find a 22-year-old backpacker, who disappeared after getting into trouble in the surf on Mullaway Beach last Monday night. 

There was no sign of the missing tourist after three days of aerial and on water searches.

There has also been no sign of two fishermen, who went missing at sea, in a fishing boat off the Coffs Coast earlier this month.  

Inquiries have commenced to confirm who the person is and the circumstances surrounding their death, police said.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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