Body of missing quad biker Shane Robb found in Goomalling bush after two-day search

Michael TraillThe West Australian
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Shane Robb’s body has been found after a two-day search.
Camera IconShane Robb’s body has been found after a two-day search. Credit: The West Australian

The two-day search for missing Wongan Hills man Shane Robb has come to a tragic end with specialist police trackers discovering the 37-year-old’s body this afternoon.

It had been more than four days since the last confirmed sighting of Mr Robb when officers found his body lying in a Goomalling creek bed – 120 km north-east of Perth – about 3.15pm today.

Police believe Mr Robb crashed his white Yamaha Banshee quad bike on Sunday afternoon, which was discovered 4km north of the Wheatbelt town yesterday morning following a public police appeal for information.

More than 30 police recruits were brought in from Perth to help with the search through wheat fields in the Goomalling search region.
Camera IconMore than 30 police recruits were brought in from Perth to help with the search through wheat fields in the Goomalling search region. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

His body was recovered a kilometre south-west of the crash site according to Wheatbelt District Inspector Mark Twamley.

“Obviously it is upsetting for everyone involved when we resolve a matter in these circumstances,” he said.

“We’re thankful for everyone involved in the search including the volunteers, local residents and general members of the public who passed on information.”

SES volunteers and officers from multiple sections of the WA Police Force were part of the extensive search.
Camera IconSES volunteers and officers from multiple sections of the WA Police Force were part of the extensive search. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

A bus load of 31 recruits eight weeks into their training at the WA Police academy arrived in Goomalling at 1:30pm this afternoon to bolster search efforts.

They joined SES volunteers, officers from the WA Police mounted and canine sections, and Police Air Wing to look for Mr Robb across a 5sqkm search area comprising of scrubland and wheat farms.

Station inspector Mark Twamley said he was grateful for all the search teams’ efforts despite its tragic outcome.
Camera IconStation inspector Mark Twamley said he was grateful for all the search teams’ efforts despite its tragic outcome. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Before news broke of Mr Robb’s death, Goomalling farmer Rex Rowles — whose property was inside the search area 4km north of the townsite — said the 37-year-old was working on a farm in Goomalling.

“He was commuting to Goomalling every day, he should have known the area really, where he is, which direction he was heading in,” Mr Rowles said.

“It says a lot about his mental capacity after the accident.”

The search was launched after Mr Robb’s crashed motorbike was found on the side of the road.
Camera IconThe search was launched after Mr Robb’s crashed motorbike was found on the side of the road. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Mr Rowles said the area where Mr Robb’s quad bike was found was popular among local riders.

Goomalling business-owner Clinton McIvor added Mr Robb had been seen riding “erratically” on the day he was last seen.

“He was only about 100m from the road (when he crashed), you know he would have seen cars driving past there at some point,” Mr McIvor said before Mr Robb’s body was found.

Search teams made the tragic discovery this afternoon more than four days after Shane Robb was last seen in the area.
Camera IconSearch teams made the tragic discovery this afternoon more than four days after Shane Robb was last seen in the area. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

“He knows the area, so it’s pretty unusual.”

Another local described him as a “reserved fella”.

The matter will now be subject to a coroner’s inquest.

An extensive land and air search was launched by police after the seasonal farm-hand was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon.

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