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Missing Geelong man ‘almost certainly dead’

September 7, 2023 9:43 am in by
Paul John Kingsbury (file)

A Victorian coroner has found a Geelong man who disappeared almost a decade ago is almost certainly no longer alive.

Coroner Leveasque Peterson has handed down her findings into the disapearance and probable death of 27-year-old Paul John Kingsbury, who has not been seen since July 2014.

Ms Peterson said convicted killer John Nellis was seen Mr Kingsbury from a Moolap shed at gunpoint in the early hours of June 6, 2014.

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Mr Kingsbury was never seen again.

Nelis was initially arrested in relation to the disappearance but the charges were later withdrawn.

The coroner ruled there was insufficient evidence to name Mr Kingsbury’s killer, however there was “nothing to exclude .. Nelis as a person who may have been involved.”

However she said it was also possible that another person was responsible for Kingsbury’s death.

In an unrelated case, Nelis pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the shooting death of another man in a caravan in Corio in 2021.

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Ms Petersen said that despite an extensive police investigation, the circumstances surrounding Paul Kingsbury’s death are still unknown.

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