A university professor whose student son committed suicide in Kings Park has told of his family's desperate search for the 27-year-old's remains and a suicide note, which in a tragic coincidence resulted in them discovering key evidence used against Lloyd Rayney.
The two separate tragedies collided at the Supreme Court trial yesterday when the professor - whose PhD student son went missing in April 2007, with his skeletal remains discovered in Kings Park on July 9, 2007 - gave evidence about how his family spent considerable time scouring the park for a suicide note and missing remains.
"That seemed like something we wanted to finalise," he said.
The group had gone to Kings Park on numerous occasions, including after the son's funeral.
The coincidence led to police traversing the killer's path unknowingly two days after Corryn Rayney's death while examining the suicide scene.
On August 11, 2007, the grieving family found a white dinner name card, close to the site where Mrs Rayney's body was found buried four days later, bearing her husband's name. The prosecution has claimed at the judge-alone trial the name card links Mr Rayney to the burial site and therefore his wife's murder.
Prosecution and defence lawyers agreed not to call other family members to give evidence about their search for their loved one's remains.Det-Sen. Const. Jamie Hutcheson said police officers visited the location and walked up the track on August 9 - two days after Mrs Rayney's death but six days before her grave was found - and he noticed the centre bollard was damaged, but did not notice any oil. He said there was no discussion about Mrs Rayney, who had been declared a missing person.
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