Police hunt for human remains in a mine shaft

Police divers have carried out a search in an abandoned mine shaft near Bathurst for a man allegedly murdered in 2009.

Police divers joined Strike Force investigators last Friday to look for evidence at the abandoned mine shaft near Sofala, in NSW’s central west.

They have so far not been successful.

Two men aged 25 and 26 were charged with his murder in January this year and the case is before the courts.

Police formed Strike Force Renshaw to investigate the disappearance of the then 23-year-old Andrew Russell.

“Our investigators have worked tirelessly to determine exactly what happened to Mr Russell and while we have laid charges the search for his remains continues,” Chifley Police Inspector Mark Wall said in a statement.

Russell disappeared on June 2, 2009.

Police have also searched a waste management site and a property at Sofala, as well as properties between the Bathurst and Mudgee areas.

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