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Body of man located in creek identified as missing person

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Far South Coast man whose body was located in a creek near Batemans Bay yesterday.

About 8.45am on Tuesday (18 April 2017), emergency services were called to a creek on Beach Road, Batehaven, near Batemans Bay, following reports of a body in the water.

On arrival, police located the body of a man in the water.

His body was retrieved and police from Far South Coast Local Area Command established a crime scene and commenced inquiries.

The man has been formally identified as 37-year-old local man, Anthony Collins, who was reported missing last Saturday (15 April 2017).

Above : Anthony Collins - Click for larger images

He was last seen at the country club at Catalina, early in the evening on Friday (14 April 2017), but failed to board the courtesy bus home at 7.30pm.

Local detectives have established Strike Force Thurston to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Collins’ death.

While investigators await the results of a post mortem examination to determine the cause of death, they are appealing for information to piece together Mr Collins’ movements on Friday night.

In particular, they would like to speak with anyone who may have seen him leave the country club.

Investigators have released photos of Mr Collins’, who is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of medium build, with light brown hair, with a receding hairline; and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a dark-coloured jumper over a darker-coloured collared shirt, sand-coloured pants, and light brown shoes.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Thurston investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages. Police Media Release

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