The helicopter at a landing area, a short distance from The Pinnacle base.
The helicopter at a landing area, a short distance from The Pinnacle base. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Identity check for man's body

POLICE are believed to be waiting for dental and other checks to confirm the identity of a man whose body was recovered from the base of The Pinnacle, near Tyalgum, at the weekend.

Police from the Lismore-based Richmond Area Command, whose area includes the top of The Pinnacle in the Border Ranges, were helped by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter on Saturday to airlift the man’s body out of rough and nearly inaccessible country.

It is understood a local farmer kept searching the property determined to find an answer to the mystery disappearance of a man who had earlier indicated to local woman Margaret Bateman he might take his own life.

Yesterday the relevant police officers were unavailable but were understood to be waiting on results from the post mortem tests.

Ms Bateman could not be contacted but told the Tweed Daily News in February she feared a “gentle, healthy-looking guy” she knew as Jonathon aged “about 40” had jumped from the peak on Valentine’s Day after suffering a broken heart.

“He had a date, which was Valentine’s Day, the date he wanted to do it,” she had said.

The missing man is understood to have camped in the Border Ranges near The Pinnacle, then spent two nights at the Hare Krishna farm outside Murwillumbah before returning to the Border Ranges.

NSW has a wide range of telephone and counselling helplines for anyone feeling depressed.

Telephone and counselling helplines include:

Beyondblue Info Line. Tel: 1300 22 4636 .

CAN Mental Health Phone Connections. Tel: 1300 135 846

Kids Helpline. Tel: 1800 55 1800



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