CORONERS ACT, 2003http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/courts/c...rd.finding.htm
FINDING OF INQUEST
An Inquest taken on behalf of our Sovereign Lady the Queen at Adelaide in the State of South Australia, on the 27th day of September 2005 and the 8th day of November 2005, by the Coronerís Court of the said State, constituted of Mark Frederick Johns, State Coroner, into the disappearance within the said State of Daniel Nicholas Sheppard.
The said Court finds that Daniel Nicholas Sheppard aged 19 years, of 9 Lord Hobart Way, West Lakes, South disappeared from the Port Adelaide Railway Station on the 1st day of January 1995. The said Court finds that the circumstances of his disappearance were as follows:
1.1. Mr Daniel Nicholas Sheppard, formerly of Lord Hobart Way, West Lakes, was reported missing by his mother, Patricia Sheppard, on the evening of 4 January 1995. Mr Sheppard had not returned home after celebrating New Yearís Eve 1994 with friends. Mr Sheppard was last seen by people who new him personally at about 4:35am on New Yearís Day 1995.
1.2. Mr Sheppard and his twin brother were born in Carlton, Victoria on 4 July 1975 and in 1978 the Sheppard family moved to South Australia. Mr Sheppard attended a number of schools in the Port Adelaide area. At the time of his disappearance Mr Sheppard resided at West Lakes with his mother and his twin brother.
1.3. Detective Senior Constable Robert Stapleton gave evidence at this Inquest. Detective Stapleton is a member of the Major Crime Investigation Section of the South Australia Police. He has been a police officer for more than 30 years and is currently the assigned investigating officer for the disappearance of Mr Sheppard. Detective Stapleton has been the investigator in charge of this file since 1997. I will base my findings upon the evidence of Detective Stapleton except where otherwise appears.