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A body believed to be that of local father Damien Roadley has been discovered in dense bushland near Blue Knob in Nimbin

A body has been located after a large-scale search for a man reported as missing last week in bushland at Blue Knob near Nimbin.

Family members reported 38-year-old Damien Roadley as missing after he set out for an overnight camping trip on Wednesday August 1 and failed to return.

About 11.45am Saturday (August 11), a body was located at the south-west point of Blue Knob Mountain.

The body is yet to be formally identified but believed to be that of Mr Roadley.

Mr Roadley’s body was found at the base of a cliff after he phoned a friend during the night of August 1 saying he was fleeing a bushfire.

The horrific find was made by a friend of Mr Roadley’s, who was a member of a private search party, organised by locals who believed police were not doing enough to try to find him, with the assistance of a professional climber who they organised to assist them with the search.

While the search continued for more than a week, it’s believed Mr Roadley would have died soon after the fall due to the nature of his injuries.

Officers will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Any locals involved in the search for Mr Roadley are urged to contact Lismore Police Station on (02) 6626 0599.

Police have thanked the community and the media for their assistance with the search for Mr Roadley.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. 


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