Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Coroner to be asked for ruling on missing man

Another missing south Auckland man is likely to officially be declared dead early next year even though his body has not been found.

It will be the second time police will have taken the unusual step of asking a coroner to declare a man dead without a body.

Jason Kearney, 26, disappeared in 1996. Four years later police opened a homicide inquiry when an informant told them he had been murdered.

The information was fully investigated and police said though they did not have enough evidence to charge anyone, they still believed the informant was right but a name police were given was incorrect.

"I still believe he has been murdered. The two things we need to know is why and who," Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Gutry from Counties Manukau police said.

Mr Kearney left his Pakuranga home in South Auckland on August 17, 1996, and has never been seen since. His car was found the next day near Cossey's Dam in the Hunua Ranges, West Auckland.

Mr Gutry said eight years after Mr Kearney's disappearance a reward had expired but a payment would be considered if someone was convicted.

He said Mr Kearney was a "bit player" in the drug scene. He grew a small amount of cannabis and used it, but the chances of him being killed over a drug deal which went wrong, could not be ruled out, though it was unlikely.

He was not suicidal or depressed.

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