Summary: The family of Shane Tapp, who was found dead near the Katherine River, is hopeful that a coronial inquest will shed light on the circumstances surrounding his death. Tapp’s family believes that the police did not thoroughly investigate his death, and they are seeking justice and accountability. The exact cause of Tapp’s death remains unknown.
The family of Shane Tapp, a father who was found dead by a riverbank in a regional Northern Territory town, is seeking answers through a coronial inquest that began today. Tapp’s body was discovered by a fisherman on April 21, 2021, eight days after he went missing. The autopsy report revealed that his body was in an advanced state of decomposition, with wet clothes and a roll of cash in his pocket. NT Police initially classified Tapp’s death as non-suspicious, a decision that his family believes was made without conducting a thorough investigation. Tapp’s aunt, Toni Tapp-Coutts, expressed the family’s desire for justice and accountability. The three-day inquest in Katherine Local Court will examine the evidence and the adequacy of NT Police’s investigation into Tapp’s death. Tapp’s grandmother, June Tapp, has been instrumental in pushing for more information on behalf of the family. The exact cause of Tapp’s death remains unknown. Megan Coutts, Tapp’s cousin, emphasized that he deserved better and called for answers and closure for the family. The inquest is expected to conclude on Thursday.
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