Answers after decade-long search


After more than a decade of questions, the family of a missing Queenstown man is finally getting some answers.

Matthew Alexander Hamill, originally from Northern Ireland, was last seen in Frankton on October 29, 2008.

During an inquest before Coroner Anna Tutton in the Queenstown District Court yesterday, detective Matt Jones, of Queenstown, said the then-59-year-old’s car was found the next day at the Roaring Meg carpark on State Highway 6.

Some of Hamill’s personal belongings, including a cellphone and pair of sunglasses, were also found at the lookout.

Despite multiple helicopter and jetboat searches, Hamill’s body’s never been found.

In 2016 police concluded he had died.

As well as Jones, senior sergeant John Fookes was called as a witness yesterday, along with members of Hamill’s family, including his wife.

Yesterday Tutton addressed his family members, two of whom were in the courtroom while two others watched via a video link.

She said there was “probably not a lot I can say to make it better”.

“I’m conscious of the fact that an inquest can be very difficult as it can bring back memories to the fore, especially after this time lapse.”

The inquest is expected to finish today.