Darrell Simon (File pic from 2005). Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Darrell Simon (File pic from 2005). Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Michelle Smith

Father believes bones discovery could be his son

LAURIE Simon is a father done with grieving his missing son Darrell, and now determined to get answers.

The discovery of what police believe to be human bones on a Laidley West property formerly owned by his son wasn't surprising for Mr Simon.

Darrell was last seen the morning of November 16, 2014, riding his bike along Mountain View Dr.

"I did most of my grieving when he disappeared," Mr Simon said.

"I knew that he had been bumped off."

MISSING: Darrell Simon, of Plainland.
MISSING: Darrell Simon, of Plainland. Contributed

Police have cautioned forensic examinations are yet to determine the person's identity after a scattered skeleton was found in rugged terrain on the lantana-riddled property.

They were found and reported to police after new owners walked the 12.5 hectare property on Saturday.

Informed Saturday night, Mr Simon said the possibility it was his son gave him hope of getting answers and closure.

Mr Simon said while police were waiting for forensic examination results, he believed the remains were that of his 44-year-old son.

Mr Simon has his own theories of what happened to his son, and has long suspected foul play.

"I knew it was coming," Mr Simon said.

"The people he was mixed up with … I knew something had happened to him.

"I did have a little bit of hope that he may have just done a runner but as far as the grieving process goes, I'm done."

Police are continuing their appeal for public assistance to help locate a man missing from Plainlands (near Laidley) and have released new images re-creating how he would have appeared at the time he went missing. Darrell Simon, 44, was last seen at a Mount View Drive residence around 6am on Sunday, November 16, 2014.
Police are continuing their appeal for public assistance to help locate a man missing from Plainlands (near Laidley) and have released new images re-creating how he would have appeared at the time he went missing. Darrell Simon, 44, was last seen at a Mount View Drive residence around 6am on Sunday, November 16, 2014. QPS Media

The remains were found spread out over an area on the rough terrain on a hill Mr Simon described as inhospitable.

Specialist police divers found Darrell's distinctive green and black mountain bike in the waterhole at the top of the hill in February this year, a fact which has baffled Mr Simon.

"It's a big hike up that hill and hard going," he said.

"That's the last place you would dump it - there's plenty of other places."

Several theories and lines of inquiry have been followed by both police and Mr Simon in an effort to solve the mystery.

One such theory was that Darrell sold a ride-on mower he owed money on in order to get enough cash to disappear since the man's bank accounts have never been touched.

A public appeal for information was launched but no new developments came from the theory.

Police are now waiting for forensics to determine the person's identity.

The process could take months due to the condition of the remains, and the difficulties in extracting DNA.
 



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