Remains found in Perth bushland identified as missing man

The remains were found in coastal dunes north of Burns Beach. Picture: EagleView
The remains were found in coastal dunes north of Burns Beach. Picture: EagleView

THE family of a man missing for more than three years say they finally have closure after his remains were found in bushland near Burns Beach.

WA Police have formally identified the skeletal remains found in coastal dunes by a member of the public who was off-road driving in the Tamala Park Conservation Reserve on April 7.

Mark Sullivan.

A police spokesman said a formal identification process confirmed it was Mark Stanley Owen Sullivan, who was last seen by family in Burns Beach on October 31, 2015.

“We have comfort and closure in knowing that Mark has been found,” his parents said.

In early 2016, his mother spoke to Community News about the then 48-year-old’s disappearance, saying the “gentle giant” had planned to go fishing the following day.

She reported him missing when he had not returned home and missed a medical appointment two days later.

Police issued a missing persons alert on November 20, 2015, appealing for the public’s help to find him amid serious concerns for his safety and wellbeing.

Community News understands no land search was done at the time.

The police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious and police would prepare a report for the Coroner.

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