Body found in search for Rockingham teacher

David SalvaireSound Telegraph

Police say the body of Rockingham Senior High School deputy principal Justin Paul Davies has been found in the Mid West.

Formal identification of the body was made this afternoon.

Emergency crews resumed their search at 6am this morning for Mr Davies who had been missing since Monday.

It is understood Mr Davies’ body was spotted lying under a tree by aerial crews at about 10am.

Police say he was found with two litres of water.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Mid West Police Inspector Dave Hooper said the death was a tragic event.

“Our condolences are with the Davies family,” he said.

“This also serves as a reminder of the unforgiving nature of our outback.

“It was very hot out there with temperatures in the high 40s.”

The 48-year-old was prospecting in the Cue area with other family members when he failed to return to camp about 6pm Monday night.

Mr Davies was staying at Webb’s Patch, which is about 24km east of Cue.

Police officers from Cue, Meekatharra, Yalgoo and Geraldton as well as SES personnel were searching via air, vehicle and foot.

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