Isles' family considers case review
UPDATE: The family of a police officer, who vanished in far north Queensland three years ago, have not ruled out attempting to have coroner's findings related to his disappearance reviewed.
Senior Sergeant Michael James Isles, 58, was driving from Ayr to Townsville for a training seminar on September 23, 2009 when he went missing.
Five days later, police found his unmarked police car down a dirt track about 78km south of Ayr.
Inside the car, police found Mr Isles's uniform and a box of ammunition.
But Mr Isles's body has never been found.
An inquest into the father of three's disappearance wrapped up in Brisbane on Friday.
State Coroner Michael Barnes found Mr Isles intentionally took his own life and died of gunshot wounds.
"I sincerely regret the distress this will cause his family," he said.
Mr Isles's son, Steven, said outside court his family would certainly consider reviewing the matter in the District Court.
"Our family's concern is one for closure and not for the most appropriate finding," he said.
In delivering his findings, Mr Barnes said Mr Isles's closest confident, a police chaplain, did not think he would have committed suicide.
Mr Isles went on extended sick leave in August 2008 after discovering he was under investigation for allegations he provided truck drivers' licences to a local drug dealer in exchange for money.
Mr Isles was cleared in September 2009 and returned to work.
An overwhelming factor in the findings was Mr Isles's background of mental illness, which stretched over a decade.
Mr Barnes said a sudden relapse was readily conceivable.
"Mental health can not be objectively assessed as can physical illness," Mr Barnes said.
"Sadly, coroners investigate undeniable causes of suicide that have occurred within hours of a consultant psychiatrist concluding the person was not of significant risk of imminent self harm."
The Coroner was satisfied with the level of support provided to Mr Isles by the Queensland Police Service.
Isles took own life: coroner
THE state coroner has found a police officer who vanished without a trace in north Queensland intentionally took his own life and died of gunshot wounds.
Former Warwick police officer Senior Sergeant Mick Isles went missing on September 23, 2009 when he drove from Ayr to Townsville for a training seminar.
His car, work uniform and a box of ammunition was found on a creek bed in bush land south of Ayr.
His body was never found.
State coroner Michael Barnes handed down his findings this morning after a lengthy inquest.
Mr Barnes found Mr Isles intentionally took his own life and although his body has never been found he died of gunshot wounds.
Mr Barnes recognised the stress the finding would cause Mr Isles's family.
The inquest heard a neighbour saw Mr Isles put something in the boot of his car on the morning he went missing, which Mr Barnes ruled was most probably a shot gun.
Mr Isles went on extended sick leave after discovering he was the target of a police corruption investigation.
He was cleared a year later and returned to work only for a few days before he went missing.
Mr Barnes also found more could have been to make sure Mr Isles had the support of his superiors.
But that would not have changed the outcome, Mr Barnes said.
Mr Barnes also found no systemic problems in the way the police service dealt with Mr Isles while he was on leave.