Mystery deepens after teen is found dead on country road

Australian Associated Press
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A couple of hats, a rabbit trap and a fishing line make up a roadside memorial for a teenage boy killed more than two years ago in a regional hit and run.

At the end of March a NSW coroner is due to investigate the death of Braydon Worldon, killed on his 15th birthday in December 2018.

A passing motorist found Braydon's body in the middle of River Road at the small township of Wantabadgery, about 40km from Wagga Wagga.

A supplied image of 15-year-old Braydon Worldon
Braydon Worldon, 15, was found dead in the middle of River Road at the small township of Wantabadgery in 2018. Source: AAP

Due to his injuries, police believe the vehicle that hit him was medium to large in size and fitted with a bull bar. There is no evidence the vehicle braked.

The driver has never been found.

"There would be no reason why you would not see someone on the roadway," Detective Senior Constable Stan Wall said this week.

The veteran detective was on the scene the night Braydon was found.

Crystal Worldon attends to a roadside memorial for her son Braydon, 15.
Braydon's mum Crystal Worldon attends to his roadside memorial. Source: Nine News

"It's a quiet, isolated piece of roadway, it was quite moonlit, there was no fog around, the road was clear," he said.

"A motorist was travelling home from night shift along the road and he came across Braydon's body."

It's possible Braydon had been lying dead for hours, given the low traffic numbers on the road.

Braydon lived nearby with his family, was often walking the hills and fishing in local waterways.

"He was celebrating his 15th birthday, did a little bit of stock work with his stepfather and ... had a couple of drinks ... his movements after that aren't really well known, except he's located at one o'clock in the morning, 2km from his house, on the road," Det Sen Const Wall said.

He was last seen about 7.30pm.

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