Family of missing man just want closure
THE family of a young man who went missing 11 years ago continues to feel frustrated and let down by what family members describe as "disinterest" from police in solving his suspected death.
Jay Anthony Brogden, a 21-year-old from Airlie Beach, went missing from Cannonvale in April 2007.
He has not been seen since and his body has not been found.
During an inquest in early 2015, a state coroner was critical of how police handled his suspected death.
Coroner Jane Bentley found that even though police suspected Mr Brogden to be dead, his case was not handed to the state coroner until 2011. The inquest also revealed investigations into his disappearance had stalled for three years.
Mr Brogden's aunt, Kate Merritt, said the family's interaction with police had been "extremely frustrating".
"(Police) weren't particularly informative, they never kept us up to date with the investigation and just haven't been interested really, for reasons unknown to us," she said.
"It's been extremely frustrating, it's been frustrating since we initially went to them (on May 2, 2007).
"As far as the case of Jay, they're still not interested in doing any investigation. It's just totally puzzling us as to why."
A Queensland Police spokesman told The Daily Mercury the homicide investigation was ongoing.
But another aunt, Caroline, who first reported him missing, said the family had not heard from police since a reward of $250,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for his disappearance was posted in December 2015.
"We really had to push for that reward too," she said.
"We know there are people out there who know what happened."
Coroner Bentley said in her findings it was likely Mr Brogden had met with foul play. The inquest was told Mr Brogden had been receiving threats for several months over his treatment of his former partner, the mother of his only child.
The Queensland Police spokesman could not pinpoint the date when Mr Brogden's disappearance became a homicide investigation, but said it was soon after the coroner's recommendations were forwarded to police.
Mr Brogden's family believes he is dead.
"We definitely believe he's been murdered, and it's never been properly investigated," Kate Merritt said.
"It's like reading a bad novel. You think, 'How can this happen and how can these people possibly do something and there's no justice?' They've never had to answer to anything or anyone.
"Who's to know? There's no conclusive evidence to say anyone has done anything, but it's up to the police to make those lines of inquiries to gather that evidence."