Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Moree on Wednesday morning, demanding answers from the NSW police over the disappearance of a young First Nations man.
The 22-year-old Gomeroi man, Gordon Copeland was last seen by police on July 10 when he went missing in the Gwydir River after allegedly being pursued by police.
Police issued a statement on July 13 saying officers had spotted a black hatchback speeding on the Newell highway in the early hours of Saturday morning and later found the vehicle bogged near a bridge.
Officers allege they attempted to speak with a man at the scene, however he ran from police and was seen entering the Gwydir River.
Protestors claim the NSW police called off the search for Mr Copeland after just three days, while the family and loved ones continued the search in dangerous conditions, and without further assistance.
Speaking outside the Moree police station, Mr Copeland’s cousin, Lesley Fernando called for the crowd to stand behind the family as they continue to search for answers.
“Where is Gordon? We want him home,” she said.
“You’ve seen him last – we want him home with his baby and his family.”
Police said in a statement after the rally:
“Since the coordinated search concluded on Thursday 15 July 2021, New England police have committed to continue searches of that area, utilising local staff, the dog unit, and both small boat and drone-trained officers to search the waterways.”
“These searches will continue with the assistance of specialist resources.”
“Despite extensive searches of the area, Gordon has not been located and detectives continue to conduct inquiries into Gordon’s whereabouts.”