NT Police are investigating whether the human remains found at a remote NT cattle station two weeks ago are those of missing Queensland man Peter English, the NT Independent can reveal.
Mr English, 38, has been missing since February 2019 and was last seen in the Northern Territory having come through Mt Isa to the Barkly region, the last place he contacted his family.
In August of this year, Mr English’s case was featured by the Australian Federal Police as part of Missing Persons Week.
Mr English left Caboolture early last year and had visited Mt Isa before driving to Tennant Creek in a dark grey Ford Falcon with NSW plates.
Mount Isa Criminal Investigation Bureau Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Devon Cupitt told the ABC in August that leads on Mr English’s whereabouts had run cold.
“We have confirmed he was in the Northern Territory at the Barkly Homestead, from there, unfortunately, our leads go cold,” he said.
“His family nor any associates have heard from him since the middle of February 2019.”
Police said Mr English was last seen in Tennant Creek, believed to be heading south toward Ali Curung.
The NT Independent understands the remains were found by a pilot working for Winnellie-based Outback Helicopters on a station near Ali Curung on September 24.
The helicopter company did not return calls on Wednesday.
Sources told the NT Independent police are investigating under the assumption the remains are Mr English’s.
The NT Police have not released many details about the case and only disclosed they were made aware of the human remains on Tuesday, after being alerted to them by the helicopter pilot two weeks ago.
Police media manager Rob Cross did not respond to the NT Independent‘s enquiries on Wednesday.
Police said on Tuesday they were awaiting the results of forensic testing on the remains to positively identify the person. They would not disclose the circumstances around the death.