Thomas Münger mystery: DNA key to identifying skeletal remains found in Tasmania

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July 17, 2017 16:34:53

The length of time a man’s body lay in the Tasmanian bush is complicating the process of formal identification, police have said.

The skeletal remains, believed to be those of Swiss national Thomas Münger, were discovered in dense forest by bushwalkers about 10 kilometres from the Tahune Airwalk, in southern Tasmania, on July 9.

A backpack, along with foreign currency and a camera card, were found at the site – but no passport or identification.

Tasmania Police said today that “every effort is being made” to complete the identification process as quickly as possible.

“Obtaining a useful DNA profile is likely to be an involved process because of the length of time the deceased has been in the bush and the conditions the body and the backpack have been exposed to,” they said.

Yesterday, the ABC revealed a man pictured in a photo released by police had contacted ABC Hobart to say he knew the identity of the deceased man, whom he named as Mr Münger, “a dear friend” who had left his native Switzerland in 2010 to start a new life.

Michael Nydegger, a Swiss national, said his friend had “been to Tasmania before” and enjoyed the experience.

“It is a shame that he had been lying there for six years. This must [have] happened after just a short time that he went away from Switzerland, so it is a shame,” he said.

The temperature in the area where the body was found can range from below zero to more than 40 degrees Celsius.

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