Wife of missing man Bruce Fairfax faces seven-year wait or Supreme Court for death certificate

Written by Javed Iqbal

The wife of a man missing since 2017 says she feels hampered by not being able to get a death certificate and move on with her life, nearly five years after they were separated on a bush track in the Far South Tasmania.

Louise Fairfax was with her husband Bruce as the pair set out to walk the course at Duckhole Lake, a flooded sinkhole surrounded by dense forest south of Hobart on October 14, 2017.

The couple, who were experienced hikers, were with their dog when they were separated on the path. The dog was later found.

A search involving police, SES volunteers and walkers was launched, with helicopter overflights using thermal detection methods to try to penetrate the thick undergrowth.

No trace of Mr Fairfax has ever been found.

Fairfax, 66 at the time of his disappearance, had Parkinson’s disease and would not be able to survive without his medication for more than a week, Tasmania Police said.

a woman in a pink top on top of a very high mountain, with sea and hills in the background
Louise Fairfax on top of Precipitous Bluff in south-west Tasmania.(Delivered: Louise Fairfax)

This week police highlighted Mr Fairfax as one of seven “long-term” missing persons as part of Missing Person’s Week.

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