There’s been a tragic end to the search for an elderly couple missing in northern NSW after their home was destroyed by fire.
Police confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the pair, a 77-year-old man and 68-year-old woman, have been found dead inside their fire-ravaged home on Deadman Creek Road in Coongbar.
“This morning NSW Police and specialist forensic officers returned to the home and conducted a significant examination of the property and unfortunately a short time ago two human remains were located inside,” Superintendent Toby Lindsay said.
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“A post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine identity and cause of death; however, the families of the missing man and woman are being kept apprised of developments by police.”
It’s understood the home was gutted by the ‘Long Gully Road’ bushfire on Tuesday.
The blaze has been burning for more than a month and fire investigators have since confirmed that it was sparked by a lightning strike.
Hundreds of NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and Rescue crews are continuing to battle two separate bushfires on Long Gully Road and Busbys Flat Road at Busbys Flat.
The second bushfire burning at Busbys Flat started last Friday.
Superintendant Toby Lindsay confirmed the deaths will be subject to an extensive investigation.